Veolia donates 17 boxes of winter gear for homeless students

MILWAUKEE — Employees from Veolia Environmental Services’ office on the city’s west side donated 17 boxes of winter gear on Thursday for homeless students in Milwaukee Public Schools.

Veolia employees and MPS homeless coordinators pose with 17 boxes of winter gear donated by Veolia

Veolia employees and MPS homeless coordinators pose with 17 boxes of winter gear donated by Veolia

The boxes were filled with new and very gently used gloves, hats, coats, socks and boots. So far this school year, Milwaukee Public Schools’ Homeless Education Program has identified more than 2,300 students who have been homeless. The school-year-to-date figure suggests the district is likely to top last school year’s total of about 3,100 students identified as homeless. The issue was highlighted in a report on WISN-TV (Channel 12) in January.

Not long after Thursday’s donation, an MPS homeless education coordinator connected with a family that recently lost housing. The mother and her four children were able to find coats and gloves.

“She said the children will feel like it’s Christmas again,” coordinator Cathy Klein said.