After student's life taken, Temple gives back in her memory

Ian Bush
January 16, 2019 - 3:53 pm
Chris Carey, Senior Associate in the Dean of Students Office, mans the donation booth in Jenna Burleigh's memory, which collects toiletries for the homeless.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As the trial continues for the man accused of killing Temple University student Jenna Burleigh, a collection drive in her honor is now underway at the school. 

At Temple’s student center, you can get a cup of coffee and lunch — but you can also give.

Senior Najae Bolling and grad student Crashell Allen dropped off toiletries like conditioner, toothpaste and toothbrushes at a donation table set up just inside the main door.

"It was really difficult, so I wanted to make sure we kept her memory alive," Allen said of Burleigh.

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Chris Carey, Senior Associate in the Dean of Students Office, said the donations go to "anyone experiencing homelessness" — an act of charity that Burleigh used to participate in.

"This is something she did before we lost her," Carey added. "It’s pretty powerful that her family and friends want to honor her by keeping this going on a larger way."

The donation tables for Jenna’s Blessing Bags will be back at Temple Jan. 23 and 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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They’re collecting money, too — all of which will benefit Jenna’s Blessing Bags, a nonprofit created by her family to keep the good work she did going.

"It’s important not to forget," echoed Bolling. "And at Temple, we’re such a close-knit family."

The donation tables will be back at Temple Jan. 23 and 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.