Donations Dropped Off for Homeless Students

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 7:44pm

It’s a community effort to help fight poverty in local public schools. Kianga Kelley has more on a big give-away for some kids who are often overlooked.

You may not know it, but there are hundreds of children in the East Baton Rouge school system who meet the federal definition for being homeless. Today, those students received a boost from some people who care.

Poverty is a growing problem that is flooding the East Baton Rouge school system, but help “rolled in” Wednesday morning in the form of an 18-wheeler with “Feed the Children” written on the side in bold letters. Carolyn Coleman with Education for Homeless Children says, “We had over 20 palettes of goods, and so you’re talking about approximately 1,500 to 2,000 children that will actually receive these goods.”

The truck arrived in the parking lot of Living Faith Ministries carrying book bags, school supplies, and toiletries for homeless students. Aramark also chipped in by donating food. The principal of Winbourne Elementary Brenda Wilkinson said, “It was like, oh my God! A gift from heaven because this is what we’ve been asking, needing so much.”

The children are part of the school system’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program. Volunteers say, in these tough economic times, it’s good to see people giving back. Tutor Carolyn Reed explains, “It makes you feel real good inside because you’re meeting the need of children. That’s our most outstanding resource, the children.”

It is a resource that now has a better outlook on education as well as life. Donations were also delivered to other locations including the Zachary Police Department and Baton Rouge homeless shelters.