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Students donate winter items to the homeless in Gregg County

The middle school students say this is an experience they won't forget. The middle school students say this is an experience they won't forget.
Today, the students dropped off more than 100 items. Today, the students dropped off more than 100 items.
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

For the past week, a group of middle school students at the Crisman School in Longview have been collecting items for the homeless. The students are members of the Kiwanis Builders Club and say they figured this would be the perfect opportunity to give back.

"Last week on KLTV, we saw the story about the needs atthe Hiway 80 Rescue Mission," Robin  Hightower, Crisman School teacher, said. "We were generating ideas for community projectsand one of the students mentioned the report on KLTV."

During the winter months, the shelter has housed hundreds of homeless men, women and children. They say the overflow has resulted in many sleeping on bed cots and mats on the floor. They say today's donation was more than needed.

"We thought it would be nice and thoughtful to give warmclothes to the homeless who are staying here," Aidan Byrd, seventh grader, said.

Today, the students dropped off more than 100 items.

"We donated jackets, hoodies, shoes, socks, gloves, scarves,hats and things to keep the men, women and children here warm," Dakota Hackney, eighth grader, said.

The middle school students say this is an experience they won't forget.

"It'san amazing thing to me. It's spiritual to me because I'm a Boy Scout and reallydo appreciate the people that give a whole lot to people," Hackney said. "The homeless will never forget us because we can changetheir lives by giving them these things they need."

Dakota says the class plans to make many more donations to the needy in the community. He says now they will start collecting flash drives for homework purposes for students who are homeless.

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