WKU Bonner Leaders Raise Awareness for Homelessness Through Blessing Bags

IMG_6129BOWLING GREEN, KY – It may be the season of giving for some, but for WKU Bonner Leaders, giving is a year round idea. WKU Bonner Leaders continue their service to the community by creating and distributing Blessing Bags to support the homeless in the Bowling Green area.

WKU Bonner Leaders, a student program of the WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships, are implementing plans to raise awareness for homelessness through Blessing Bags. The WKU Bonner Leaders partnered with HOTEL INC (Helping Others Through Extending Love in the Name of Christ), to learn more about local homelessness, ways to get involved, and needed items. HOTEL INC focuses on poverty and homelessness, and coordinates a program on Tuesday evenings serving dinner to the homeless at River Walk Bridge.

According to Bonner Leader Eli Allen, homelessness is a prominent issue in the city of Bowling Green, “We really hope to raise awareness for this issue and make a positive impact within the community by donating items to those who may be less fortunate.”

WKU Bonner Leaders set a goal to provide Hygiene kits, Street Medicine Kits, and Winter Kits. The items in each will provide essential items for the health and warmth of individuals experiencing homelessness. To reach their goal, WKU Bonner Leaders reached out to student organizations to collect items and faculty and staff to collect blankets. Currently, 50 blankets have been collected for the Blessing Bags. Plus, the Student Ambassadors of Service, Sigma Kappa Sorority, Student Health Association, and WKU graduate Student Social Worker Organization have joined efforts to support the project through giving and volunteering.

Any individual or organization who wishes to donate, can deliver their supplies to Downing Student Union Room 3029 on November 17 at 7:30pm. On this night, volunteers will assemble bags and learn more from HOTEL INC.

The blessing bags will be distributed to clients of HOTEL INC. WKU Bonner Leaders are also identifying a time to fellowship with the homeless and distribute the Blessing Bags during a Tuesday outreach night. For more information or anyone with question can call the WKU ALIVE CCP at 270-782-0082.

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