PHILADELPHIA (FOX 29) - Jenna Burleigh was murdered in the summer of 2017, just days after classes started at Temple University.
Last week, a jury convicted the man who took Jenna’s life at just 22-years-old.
Since Jenna’s death, her family and friends have created a foundation to carry on Jenna’s legacy.
Thursday morning, Jenna’s parents, Ed and Jaqui Burleigh, appeared on Good Day Philadelphia along with family friend Shaylyne Nolan, to talk about that foundation.
‘Jenna’s Blessing Bags’ is the foundation the family created to honor their daughter and her love of giving back.
Thursday morning, Jenna’s father described her as someone who “always supported the underdog,” before talking about her efforts to reach out to the homeless.
When Jenna was 19, she had started creating her own blessing bags after seeing a news report on TV about similar projects across the country. Jenna started making up bags filled with toiletries and clothing that she would distribute to the homeless.
The Burleigh family estimates Jenna gave out about 100 bags when she first started her project.
Since starting Jenna’s Blessing Bags, her family says they’ve give out between 500 and 700 bags, and have given them out in different parts of the country and Canada.
Those interested in donating a bag of their own can drop them in a box at a number of locations around the area.