Man’s legacy of giving backpacks to homeless kept alive

LEXINGTON, N.C. – It’s the legacy of a Lexington teenager killed in a tragic accident.

Troy Swicegood was killed in March when a train hit him while he was searching for the family dog.

Before he died, his goal was to start a backpack campaign where volunteers could give out necessities and Bibles to the homeless.

Several churches are coming together to make that dream come true.

“He encouraged everyone to keep the backpacks in their cars so as they were driving around and they ran into someone in need, he said you’d be ready,” said Cynthia Swicegood, his mother.

Emergency workers found Swicegood 30 feet from the tracks, but were unable to save him.