HARKER HEIGHTS — A local business arranged a day of fun family activities Saturday to help benefit homeless students in the Killeen Independent School District.

Liberty Tax Service organized its first “Roadside Party” in the parking lot of the Knight’s Knook restaurant in Harker Heights to collect clothing, food and monetary donations for the district’s Homeless Awareness Response Program.

Visitors were encouraged to bring coats and clothes, canned food or a monetary donation, and were able to enjoy music, food, a car show and tables with local vendors.

“Really, we wanted to do something for HARP, and raise awareness about the area’s homeless students,” said Aleta Eversley, franchise owner for Liberty Tax Service.

The program provides support and services to homeless and displaced students within the Killeen district. Eversley said a HARP representative recently told her the district has more than 700 students who qualify for the program this year, a number she found shocking.

“I’m a parent myself, and I was really surprised to hear that so many students were facing homelessness,” she said. “My heart really goes out to them.”

It’s not just the students in the Killeen district that Eversley wants to help. She said she also hopes to hold similar events for homeless students in other districts throughout the area.

“We are a small community, and it’s shocking to think that we have students that have to worry about not having a home to go to,” she said. “If people in the community can come out and help these kids, I think we should do it.”

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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