Sunday, December 25, 2016

Donations amaze school administrators

Templeton Elementary School in Bloomington, Indiana, has 24 homeless students this year. Most are living with relatives or in motels or shelters. As reported in the Herald-Times, the school's PTO started a drive with two Facebook posts, hoping to help them. The posts said that at Templeton, one out of every 20 students is homeless, and seven out of ten qualify for free or reduced price lunch. Almost immediately, donations (pictured here) came pouring in.

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There were days when the school atrium was buried under the sheer volume of donations, including Amazon boxes sent to the school from donors across America. By December 15, donations overflowed the cafeteria where Girl Scouts who attend the school gathered to assemble supplies In addition to a new back pack stuffed with cold weather essentials and a draw-string bag full of food stuffs to help over the winter break, all 24 homeless students will receive a care package stuffed with basics and essentials once-a-month until summer vacation. That's a total of 144 care packages. Surplus food items are being donated by the school to the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

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