People gather for Hallelujah Project at Bay High School

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - For some students in Bay District Schools, they are dependent on the free meals they receive during the school day.

So what happens when they go home for winter break?

That's why people gathered in Bay High School's gym Saturday morning.

The Hallelujah Project was described as a flash mob turned choir, where participants could sing Leonard Cohen’s "Hallelujah" and make donations to help children in need this holiday season.

The singing was led by Nashville recording artists Will and Lindsey Thompson.

Donated food went towards "Blessings in a Backpack" and donated toys went towards "Stuff the Bus."

"I have students who have a direct connections to some of our homeless youth and they describe it's a scary, unsettling feeling. Imagine not knowing where your next meal is going to come from," Stacey Shanklin, a Bay High teacher and adviser for "MAAD5." The "MAAD" stands for Marketing, Artistry, and Design.

If you would like to make a donation and missed Saturday's event, you are encouraged to drop off donations at the Bay District Schools Nelson Building on Balboa Avenue.

Needed items for kids include:
- Cup of Noodle soup
- Ramen Noodles
- Individual size (pull-top) ravioli, pasta items, Beanie Weenies
- Individual mac and cheese
- Fruit cups
- Snack size apple sauce
- Wet wipes
- Plastic spoons
- Pop-Tarts