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Bemidji High School National Honor Society co-presidents Julia Ackley, left, and Kera Kilde deliver hundreds of donated items to the Village of Hope on Tuesday morning. The National Honor Society hosted the community event and encouraged fellow students to donate specific items of need for the shelter. This was the second year they donated to the Village of Hope. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

For 10 years, members of the National Honor Society at Bemidji High School have organized a community donation event for local nonprofits.

"Our members have a passion for the community and this is one outlet which we can help," said Kera Kilde, co-president of the honor society at BHS, following a donation Tuesday to the Village of Hope.

Bemidji's Village of Hope provides temporary shelter and supportive services for families experiencing homelessness.

Rick Toward, adviser for the school's honor society chapter, said this marks the second year the student group has donated to the Village of Hope.

Using the shelter's website, which lists the items needed, 110 students delivered food items, cash cards, toys, games and cleaning supplies on Wednesday.

In the past, local National Honor Society members have also collected books for the Boys and Girls Club of Bemidji and the dental agency that serves low income families.

For more information on the shelter, visit online at