More than 350 homeless students attended public schools in Liberty and Long counties last year, according to the Liberty Regional Homeless Coalition.
Now, the LRHC wants to make sure homeless students in both counties have “appropriate and usable clothing for the upcoming school year,” and will be collecting school clothes and monetary donations for homeless students at 21 locations through Aug. 6.
“Other than the Good Friday Walk, this is our first targeted homeless student project,” said LRHC President Jim McIntosh. “Some churches and organizations have done school clothing drives, but they have been, to the best of my knowledge, for general distribution. This one is for the homeless students.”
Among the items being sought are new and slightly used school uniforms for Liberty County schools and regular clothing in Long County. The LHRC needs clothing to fit students ranging in size from pre-K to 12th grade, and include everything from polo shirts, khaki pants and skirts to new socks and underwear. The LRHC asks that folks refrain from donating used underwear.
Monetary donations are also welcome and can be made at www.gofundme.comhomelesschildrensupport.
The schools will distribute the clothing. Money raised will be given to the school systems as needed to support homeless student programs.
Locations accepting donations:
Century 21/Action Realty, 123 Gen. Screven Way, Hinesvlle
Costal Family Counseling, 150 Butler St., D-3 Midway Mall, Midway
Diversity Health Centers, 303 Fraser Drive and 502 Gen. Stewart Way, Hinesville, and 213 North McDonald St., Ludowici
Executive Realty, 103 S. Main Street, Hinesville
Exit Team Realty, 576 West Oglethorpe Highway
Food Lion, 2389 West Highway 196, Hinesville
GeoVista Credit Union, West Oglethorpe Highway and Fort Stewart branches
The Heritage Bank main office and its branches in Walmart, Midway and Ludowici
Hinesville City Hall, 114 MLK Drive, Hinesville
Liberty County Courthouse Annex, 112 N. Main Street, Hinesville
Riceboro City Hall, 4614 S. Coastal Highway
Walthourville City Hall, 222 Busbee Road
WorkSource Georgia, 140 E. MLK Drive