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Albuquerque to collect items for homeless students

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque officials are setting out to help students living in the city without a home.

Various city and county officials will announce a first-ever drive geared toward homeless students Thursday morning at a news conference at Albuquerque Ambulance.

Albuquerque Fire Department spokeswoman Melissa Romero says city and county public safety agencies are asking for donations for students through a “Sirens for Homeless Students” drive.

Romero says residents can drop off items such as packaged socks and underwear, toiletries and non-perishable food items through April 26.

Items will be accepted at any fire or police station and participating businesses.

Romero says there are nearly 6,000 homeless students in Albuquerque.

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