Good samaritans make gift baskets for homeless students

Posted at 7:28 PM, May 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-29 20:41:52-04

Dozens of homeless students are now better prepared for life after high school thanks to a group of good samaritans. 

"We are working together, reaching out, touching lives, making a positive change a reality and this is what we have done," said Theresa Anderson, founder of Helping the Hands that Feed the Homeless.

Helping the Hands that Feed the Homeless has partnered with other community groups to pack 58 baskets full of supplies for graduating seniors within Killeen ISD. 

"This is a starter kit for them to take to school with them," Anderson said. "Hangers, deodorant, basic personal hygiene, we have towels, you name it! Anything you think you need in college just to start, that's what we have here." 

The hardworking team doesn't even know the names of the kids they're helping since they're protected by the school, but they do know that they deserve a proper sendoff.

"Giving back is what we're all supposed to do," Anderson said. "This feels phenomenal."

Sukeeta Key is the treasurer of Educated Angels, a non-profit organization that focuses on education, students and the special needs community. She jumped at the opportunity to help with the baskets.

"A lot of the children get gifts to help them off at college, starting their new life and they don't have the opportunity to get that," Key said. "So to give them this opportunity and let them feel like they're receiving something the same as their peers is humbling."

The baskets were delivered to seven high schools within the district on Tuesday. The baskets will benefit the children in the Homeless Awareness and Response Program (HARP) within Killeen ISD.

"Seeing everybody come together, making a team to make this happen, that's what I like," Anderson said. "Teamwork makes the dream work."

To learn more about HARP, click here

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