Courtesy Photo: BFMS students donated 35 bags of collected items as part of a class project on researching and understanding homelessness in Franklin County.

Benjamin Franklin Middle School students in Jane Wade’s Honors English class donated 35 bags of collected items as part of a class project on researching and understanding homelessness in Franklin County.

Donated items are those useful to those in need, such as lip balm, toiletries, socks, gloves and hats, nonperishable snacks, and blankets.

The 23 students put together the bags, which will be distributed by STEP’s Homeless Services program.

Wade’s class conducts this project each year and donates for the holiday season.

STEP (Solutions That Empower People) provides services to those who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless in Franklin, Henry, Patrick and Pittsylvania counties and the cities of Martinsville and Danville.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a person is considered homeless if he or she is living in a place not meant for human habitation, such as a car, park, or abandoned building, or a person living in a shelter.

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