Students at P.G. Elementary School collected items to make “blessing bags,” full of snacks and toiletries, for the homeless.

Sandra Queen and Cindy Pendley’s class (pictured here) gathered the goods, made the bags and distributed them to the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office and the Marion Police Department. Officers in the county and city will give the bags to any homeless people they come in contact with that need them.

The students presented the bags to (back row, from left) Chief Deputy Ricky Buchanan of the Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Jamie Harklerode of the Police Department, Cpl. D.J. Barrier of the Police Department and Deputy and School Resource Officer Jack Gouge of the Sheriff’s Office.

The officers talked to the students about the shelters in McDowell County and how part of their jobs is to find people who have no homes get to shelters. They told the kids sometimes the shelters are full and they have to turn people away, and when that happens, the officers said, the bags will be a real blessing to those folks.

They also encouraged the students to take what they’ve learned with this project and continue to look for ways to be kind—especially to friends, family and schoolmates.

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