Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Campus Vigilante

By Thomas Martin

Armed with over a dozen superhero costumes and a determination to help others, Robert Jenkins suits up to inspire the community and promote generosity. All of Robert’s costumes are homemade.

“I learned how to read through comic books ... So I can take a $10 shirt, add some paint to it, add some creativity, and create the things that I want — and maybe inspire a young kid to do the same thing. I don't like wearing name-brand things because they don't contribute to the community,” explains Jenkins.
Robert Jenkins, 55, of Charleston County poses for a picture in his favorite superhero costume.
A photography student here at Trident Technical College, Robert has earned the nickname “Spidey” amongst his peers. He considers his Spiderman costume his best and most recognizable. Though he is quick to point out that the Batman costume draws more attention from the ladies. His superpowers do not include flying or super strength, just a big heart and a willingness to help those in need.

Robert is an activist that enjoys volunteering. You can find him at the local soup kitchen on Friday nights, ensuring nobody cuts in line, sitting in on city council meetings speaking up for the poor and homeless, or eating at Relish Café on campus smiling and waving to everyone who walks by. Robert Jenkins is a real life superhero, inspiring the community one costume at a time.



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