BELLEVIEW, Fla. (WCJB) – There are more than 2,000 homeless students in Marion County, and that’s why the Clean Kids Backpack program is making sure these students feel refreshed when going to school.
Since 2006, the program has collected and distributed over 800,000 personal care items.
The program has helped children in Marion, Miami-Dade, Seminole, Orange, and Sumter counties.
Their most recent donation was to Marion County Public Schools. They gave out items worth 40,000 dollars, and this time some of the children received something extra special.
“This time, which was really wonderful, we had some really generous people actually donate a family sized tent for the kids and their families who live out in the forest, the national forest in Ocala, so it was really just remarkable,” Father of St. Paul Polish National Catholic Church, Mark Niznik said.
In the future they hope to enter into Alachua County to serve the homeless student population.
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