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Kyle Rotary Club helping homeless students

Hidden homelessness is hard to define, but estimates are that more than 200 students in Hays County lack a fixed, regular nighttime residence.

The Rotary Club of Kyle has stepped up to help.

“Although we may not meet the students or their families directly, we are working with Hays CISD representatives to fulfill specific needs,” Jason Nebgen, president of the Rotary Club of Kyle, said. “This is an effort that all of our members believe we can make an impact with by working together with the entire community.”

The most recent efforts assisted a family that found themselves without a permanent home after a tragic accident. The club partnered with Wayfinders Church and gathered community members, the Rotary Club of Kyle and coordinated with Hays CISD. Others joined the effort to provide the family with gas cards.

The club is collecting much-needed items each month that will be distributed to students who meet the qualifications of being homeless. Monthly collection lists will be featured on the Rotary Club of Kyle Facebook page.

Collections may be turned in at:

• Rotary Club of Kyle weekly meetings, Thursdays, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hampton Inn, 151 Bunton Creek, Kyle

• Safe-N-Sound Storage, 1602 Bunton Creek Road, Kyle

• Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce, 401 W. Center Street, Kyle.

Especially needed for October are pajamas, heaters, blankets, sheets, gloves, jackets, socks and underwear. Needs for November include personal hygiene items like shampoo, soap, brushes, combs, toothbrushes, toilet paper, towels, lotions, deodorant, nail clippers and razors.

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