Richard Gere helps effort to aid homeless in his NY hometown

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Richard Gere has given a boost to the Salvation Army in his upstate New York hometown.

The star of such films as "An Officer and a Gentleman" and "Pretty Woman" was the guest speaker Wednesday for the Salvation Army's 45th annual Civic Celebration held at a downtown Syracuse arena.

Gere grew up in nearby North Syracuse. He said his portrayal of a destitute man living on the streets of Manhattan in the 2014 film "Time Out of Mind" made him realize that most people purposely don't give a second glance to the homeless.

He said that needs to be changed to a more compassionate and understanding attitude.

Salvation Army officials said Gere's appearance will help their efforts to aid the homeless population and others in need.
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