A local organization designed to help the 2,700 homeless students in Duval County presented a $35,000 check to the Duval County Homeless Education Department on Tuesday.
I'm a Star Foundation's program, Jacksonville HELPS (Homeless Students Empowered through Leadership, Partnership & Service), raised the funds since July and presented it during the Duval County Public School Board Meeting.
The funds were collected starting with a Celebrity Basketball game that was hosted this past July - and featured First Coast News Sports Director Chris Porter - as well as from donations through their GoFundMe campaign. It also collected school supplies for the students.
Since 2013, the Foundation has raised nearly $100,000 through telethons, 5K runs and two celebrity basketball games. It also awarded 14 scholarships to homeless students entering college.