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Big response to WDRB story on homeless JCPS students

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Volunteers of America says it's overwhelmed by the support of the community after our story aired about the 12,000 homeless students in JCPS.

We've heard from many of you wanting to help the homeless children in our community, and there are simple things you can do.

Josh Kornberg, VOA Community Engagement Manager, explains, "It has been a whirlwind here at Volunteers of America, we have been receiving phone calls and emails from a lot of different individuals that are wanting to get involved."

Our story about homelessness has touched many people, all asking how they can help Frank Burrage and his 10-year-old son Dennis and other families.  Dennis is one of 12,000 homeless children in the Jefferson County Public School district.

He's staying at the VOA Family Emergency Shelter and says, "My mom, me or my dad doesn't really know what happened to her.  When I was a year and half she went somewhere for two months, she didn't come back."

Frank Burrage explains, "He's a little embarrassed at school, doesn't want anyone to know he's here, which is understandable, getting him out of here...has his own room, our own house, that way we don't have to worry about none of this stuff."

The VOA shelter serves 25 families and 50 children each day trying to help them become self-sufficient so they can have their own place.  But most will still be there for the holidays.

The organization says wish lists for shelter kids are toys and games, new winter coats and accessories, and gift cards.

VOA says homelessness is a real problem happening to even working parents, and it doesn't fit the stereotype.

Josh Kornberg, VOA Community Engagement Manager, explains, "A single man with ripped and tattered clothing, usually pushing a shopping cart, when you think about that being your child, we are only a couple paychecks away from being away from that situation. I don't think any of us are ever exempt from experiencing homelessness."

VOA says people can make financial donations and groups can even provide and serve the meals at the shelter.  Kornberg says, "We are so grateful for WDRB and all of our community supporters for bringing this story to light."

For information on a drop off day at the VOA and other ways to help, click here.

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