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WDRB FOLLOW-UP: Donations pour in after homeless child's story

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Donations and help for the homeless children in Louisville show the community's concern.

After our original story aired, the community support continued to pour in. At the Volunteers of America intake room, there are donated games, clothing, and gift cards. Many other donations have already been taken to the VOA's Goss Avenue location.

VOA says donations like those will help families have a Merry Christmas and will help them even after the holidays.

Last week, we introduced you to Frank and Dennis Burrage who have been living in the Family Emergency Shelter. Dennis is one of 12,000 homeless JCPS students.

Josh Kornberg, the Community Engagement Manager says, "Dennis is doing well in school and has received a lot of positive reinforcement not only for his teachers, but from a lot of his classmates as well."

Frank, Dennis' dad, who is working a temporary job now, says because of our story, he's been given the opportunity to interview at Ford next week. He says he's now well on his way to get stable housing and permanent employment.

The Burrages join 21 other homeless families at the VOA shelter including Mychal Matthews and his 3-year-old Myla and 3 1/2-week-old baby boy Javani.  He's now working as a security guard and his fiancee just got a seasonal job.

Matthews says he became homeless recently. He says, "About four months ago, I lost my job. I used to be a car salesman. I lost my job and was unable to pay the bills. I had a house, a three-bedroom home."

VOA say the Burrages' story raised awareness about the homeless problem in Louisville.

Many were saddened after Dennis told us the family didn't even have $20 to buy a key to their room at the shelter.

Kornberg says, "Because of this outpouring, every family at the shelter now has a key and Dennis does have money in his savings account."

VOA says more than $3,000 in donations have come in so far.

Kornberg says, "100 percent of all the donations received from this story are going to help support the families living here, living at the family emergency shelter by providing a better Christmas, holiday gifts, holiday items."

The VOA stresses that donations will be given to all families, not just Frank and Dennis Burrage who were featured in our story.

Kornberg talks about one potential donor, "Unfortunately she wanted to donate just to them, but we had to turn away her donation because that is not the way we function. We want to be fair to all the families that we serve and it's a hard thing for us to do, but we want everyone to know. But we want to be very honest and transparent about where the donations are going."

VOA says it still needs gifts for some of the teenagers at the shelter, like hand-held video games and other items.

More donation dropoff days next week have now been added.

Donation Dropoffs will be at 933 Goss Avenue:

Monday Dec. 9th, 4:30-5:30 PM

Tuesday Dec. 10th, 4:30-5:30 PM

Thursday Dec. 12th:8:30-9:30 AM

Friday, Dec. 13th: Friday 8:30-9:30 AM

Saturday, Dec. 14th: 10:00am-2:00pm

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