Students in Hayes Intermediate School's Kids in Action (KIA) Club will deliver 100 bags filled with snacks, essentials and other goodies to the Homeless Families Foundation for children who are entering or are already in domestic abuse shelters and homeless shelters around Columbus.

Students in Hayes Intermediate School's Kids in Action (KIA) Club will deliver 100 bags filled with snacks, essentials and other goodies to the Homeless Families Foundation for children who are entering or are already in domestic abuse shelters and homeless shelters around Columbus.

The club was awarded a Disney Friends for Change service grant to aid in the project. A little more than $900 went toward purchasing bags, blankets and extra items, said Michelle Walker, a physical education teacher who assists with the KIA Club.

"Sometimes people just need extra help," Walker said.

The "I Am Special" bags include healthy snacks, a book, toothpaste and toothbrush and a blanket. Older children will receive a journal and a pencil, while younger ones will get a stuffed animal.

Kristi Gagliardi, who also assists with the club, said she and her son, Brent, also a KIA Club member, decided to go after the grant when club members found they didn't have enough money to make as many bags as they wanted.

"We were really thrilled," Gagliardi said of receiving the grant.

The students will deliver the bags to the Homeless Families Foundation when they tour the facility on May 15.

The Homeless Families Foundation served more than 240 families, including almost 500 children, last year, according to its development director, Susan Davis. The foundation assists families in finding permanent housing.

Davis said the biggest factor for most families is the loss of income from a lost job.

"Our kids are either homeless or at a very high risk to become homeless," Davis said.

The items they will receive from the KIA Club are things they "would never have a hope to own," she said.

"They cherish anything like this that anyone in the community gives them," Davis said.