COLUMBUS, GA - Students throughout Columbus are gearing up to help the more than 1,500 homeless and unaccompanied youth in the Muscogee County School District.
Scarves, hats, and gloves are just a few of the items students throughout Muscogee County have been collecting for about a month as part of the Homeless Not Helpless Initiative.
Senior Jeniah Johnson has been helping with the collection at Hardaway High School.
"There may be some people that you can look at and not tell that they are struggling or going through something," Johnson said. "With that being said, it's a lot, it feels greater to give something that you may not be using anymore and instead of throwing it away, I can give it to someone who really needs it."
On Thursday, Johnson will join other students from schools throughout the district at the Columbus Public Library off Macon Road to distribute the items to outreach groups that will help the more than 15,000 homeless children in the district.
"When everybody comes together and creates this big group at the library, its just like, they know they we are supporting them together," Johnson said. "Not just separately. Not just separate people in general. We are doing this together."
Jennifer Ogletree, the Homeless Outreach Specialist with the school district, says parents can help their kids learn through the experience of donating.
"Definitely talk to your children about giving back to the community and about stepping in and wanting to make a difference in somebody else's lives besides their own," Ogletree said.
Johnson tells students it is never too late to give.
"Any time before we leave the school, is a chance for you to come to us and allow us to take the things that you have brought," Johnson said.