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JLI students help collect travel bags for foster children

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WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- What started out as a visit to a children's home ended up as an effort to help out youngsters who find themselves moving through the foster care system.

The 2014 Jefferson Leadership Institute class was deciding what its annual project would be. During a visit to the Children's Home of Jefferson County, the class saw kids that don't have a permanent home, using trash bags to move their stuff from place to place.

So the class got on TV, radio and in the newspaper asking people to donate backpacks and luggage to give to the kids.

On Wednesday, the class handed out more than a thousand to the Children's Home and some other local organizations.

"When we actually were going through the Children's Home, there was a point where actually some of us were in tears thinking about the fact of how our lives are versus some children that are in foster care," said Jill Van Hoesen, a Jefferson Leadership Institute member

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