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Students Pack Hygiene Kits for Homeless in St. Joseph

A group of students at Humboldt Elementary School came up with the idea for the service project.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Sometimes we get so caught up in our own hectic lives that we forget how simple it can be to help others.

A group of students at Humboldt Elementary School learned that lesson with a project to help the homeless this year.

"They did a great job and they've got some great ideas," said Matthew Musser, Humboldt teacher. "They're concerned about the issues in their community and they wanted to make some change."

That's why students decided to gather hygiene kits for the homeless.

"This is the perfect age for students to begin thinking about their community, to begin thinking about how they can make an impact on their community," said Heather Beaulieu, Humboldt assistant principal.

They filled the kits with various hygiene products including shampoo, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste.

"The sixth graders came up with this idea, they made a plan, they put the plan into motion," added Musser.

The kids also regularly donate coats, shoes, socks and backpacks.

"They are thinking outside of the classroom and building relationships with the community, making an impact on the community," added Beaulieu.

Students say working as a team is what makes the difference.

"We weren't thinking about ourselves," said Ja'Lieaunna Nelson. "We were thinking about other people and the homeless."

The kits were delivered to a St. Joseph church, then shared with those in need.
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