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County events focus on hunger & homeless

There will be three events in conjunction with 2019 Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

The Kids In Need (KIN) Fund is Warren County School District’s primary shield against homelessness and hunger among students.

In the 2018-2019 school year, 135 students and family members benefited from the KIN Fund. Of those, 96 were between the ages of six months and 14 years, 39 were at least 15 years old, District Director of Pupil Services Patricia Hawley said. Of the total, 11 percent were receiving support as ‘youth experiencing homelessness.’

“One of the main causes of youth homelessness is instability, which includes child abuse and/or neglect, domestic violence, parental substance abuse, and family conflict,” Hawley said.

The events benefit the KIN Fund efforts.

¯ Tuesday, Nov. 19 — donations of winter attire of all types, as well as dry food items, will be accepted at all district schools and the central office;

¯ Wednesday, Nov. 20 — local businesses and organizations are asked to allow their personnel to wear red for a donation of $1 to be given to the KIN Fund;

¯ Thursday, Nov. 21 interested donors are encouraged to bring new blankets to a district building.

Monetary donations to the KIN Fund may be made through the Community Foundation of Warren County.

“If people want to make a donation to the KIN Fund, they can make a check payable to the Community Foundation of Warren County and put KIN or Kids In Need in the memo line,” Executive Director John Lasher said. The KIN Fund is a way local people “can help in a very meaningful way all within the Warren County School District.”

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