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Heartland Lutheran High School donate over 2,000 items to Hope Harbor homeless shelter

The students at Heartland Lutheran packed the items into two trucks and took them over to Hope Harbor.

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — Around this time of year, people can sometimes forget about those in need.

Heartland Lutheran High School in Grand Island is one school that has not forgotten the gift of giving.

The school of 60 students had its first ever food drive.

It was a competition between the different homerooms, where the school collected over 2,000 items for Hope Harbor homeless shelter.

"When we go to the microwaves and make our meals we just think hey, this is what our parents gave us, but this is a way that we can contribute to those that aren't that fortunate," said Calie Hiegel who is a student at Heartland Lutheran High School.

Some of the classrooms brought in more than 400 canned goods, in just over three weeks.

"Canned goods, napkins, plates, certain things that could be like meals. A lot of people brought Raman noodles," said Cooper Schmidt who, is a student at Heartland Lutheran High School.

The students at Heartland Lutheran packed the items into two trucks and took them over to Hope Harbor.

Katie Simmons, who is the marketing director at Hope Harbor said everything the students collected will help out the people who come to the shelter in a big way.

"We now have 78 transitional beds, so we house a lot. So you can imagine we go through quite a bit of food," Simmons said.

Simmons gave the students a tour of Hope Harbor, so they can see what it is like for people who live there for certain periods.

Timothy Leech, the principal at Heartland Lutheran High School said this was a great learning experience, and a way to shine some positive light on today's youth.

"Too often we hear the negative side of today's youth today, but there are some very, very strong leadership potential in the future leaders of our country and community," Leech said.

Heartland Lutheran has a couple of different service based competitions, including their annual toy drive.

The high school is inviting the public to take part in this.

Click here for more information about the toy drive.

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