FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) He walks the roads bringing awareness to causes close to his heart. He's the Traveling Gas Can Man. Bruce Prehn, a construction worker in Alaska, is walking the streets in the Interior for the homeless. His gas can alerts drivers to him, but emphasizes that he is not in need of assistance for fuel, but for a cause. Prehn is no stranger to hitchhiking to raise money. Last year he walked from Seattle to Memphis to raise money for St. Jude's Hospital, raising over $1,100. This year he plans to walk to raise money for a trailer. Prehn says his goal it so collect enough money to buy the trailer for the homeless for both Anchorage and Fairbanks.
“They can walk into the back door, get a shower, get clean clothes, get a new backpack, and maybe some gift cards, and walk out as a new person. Then they have a decision. They can either go back to what they did, or change their lives. A shower and a haircut means a lot to a lot of people,” Prehn said.
Prehn says his survival of the October 17th Unalaska plane crash inspired him to get back on the road.
"I was on that plane crash in Dutch Harbor, the PenAir flight in Dutch Harbor. I was on that plane crash and it was pretty dramatic and one person died which was my boss and I talked to him for about two hours before we got on the plane. He told me you know, I like what you're doing, our company is behind you one hundred percent. And you know that's why I had another week, because they charter planes into Dutch Harbor, now, instead of just regular commercial so I just said, I'm going to Fairbanks, you know. Dave would have wanted me to do it," said Prehn.
Anyone interested in donating to Bruce Prehn's cause can find 'Traveling Gas Can Man' on GoFundMe.com.