PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A pair of Jedi Realists are doing good on the streets of Portland.
Ace and Quetra believe in the power of good, and dressed in costume, spend their free time handing out supplies to the homeless. They co-founded the group Iron Squadron a few years ago.
“Jedi Realism is a spiritual altruistic path where we intentionally try to make positive ripples through action of doing good deeds to brighten other peoples days,” Ace explains.
They collect donations from Facebook, Craigslist and other groups. They pick up supplies when people offer them up, and do scouting missions to find the areas that need the most help.
Pixi, a member of the group, makes her signature PixiPack – filled with hygiene products like hand sanitizer, tampons, lotion and wipes.
The members have full-time jobs, but still find the time to give back. They say they just want to lend a helping hand.
“Our main focus is trying to give a voice to those that don’t really have a voice on the streets and helping the underserved, especially those that can’t get to a shelter,” Quetra says.
“Once these people reach the status of homeless, nobody really wants to help, we’re trying to do everything we can to make sure these people do get help.”
The idea came to them when they were talking about superheroes one day.
“We were having a chat about the idea of real-life superheroes, and we asked ourselves why not, so we went out and started,” Quetra says.
They are constantly seeking donations and plan to hold a blanket drive in November.