ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) – “We’re up to 1,100 students classified as homeless. We have about 180 foster care on top of that,” says Darrin Cox, the homeless liaison for the Abilene Independent School District. 

Cox works to make sure the basic needs of these students are met. 

“It became very clear, very quickly that children in poverty are in the most need,” says Amy Carnes, President of the Junior League of Abilene. 

That’s why the ladies at the Junior League of Abilene cut out the time to help. 

Carnes adds, “We wanted to do something really fun and hands on.”

League President, Amy Carnes says together they made more than 40 blankets to give to homeless students. 

Cox says, “It’s not really a necessity but it’s something that’ll really benefit the kids, having something special that is theirs. We can give to them, they can have it as theirs. They don’t need to share it.”

After spending hours on the project, the ladies were eager to make the special delivery to Abilene ISD, “We blessed them and hope they’ll keep the kiddos warm.”

It’s a project they hope to make a tradition. Next year, Carnes says they’d like to make hats and scarves for students too.