ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - More than 4,000 Albuquerque Public School students couch surf,sleep in cars or are otherwise homeless prompting a major pushFriday to collect necessities for those kids.
The number of homeless students has doubled since last year,according to APS.
All day Friday the APS Homeless Project held a donation drivefor those kids at the Montgomery complex in the NortheastHeights.
People came in and donated money, clothing, food and even schoolsupplies:
"It's very important for the community to give back if we can,especially in this time of need," Cathy Browning, one of thosedonating items, told KRQE News 13.
And the need keeps growing, Helen Fox, an organizer of thedrive, said.
"Huge increases in numbers of homeless children in the publicschools this year." Fox said. "The PTA clothing bank, they serveapproximately 25 children a day that are in need of shoes andclothing.
"All sizes. We serve children kindergarten through 12thgrade."
Officials said community donations are vital because the statedoesn't provide enough money to help all the students who needit.
Even though the one-day drive is over, donations can still bemade through the APS Education Foundation.
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