Students experience giving back to the homeless in downtown

Spreading the kindness: (from left to right) Seniors Veronica Pena, Miguel Gaytan, Jose Ortiz, Marco Ocampo, Itzel Miranda, freshman Alexander Uribe, mathematics teacher Lourdes Sanchez, and senior Nimsy Lopez spread peanut butter and jelly on slices of bread. Giving back to the homeless was a first-time experience for many of M.E.Ch.A’s students.

     Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A) club went to downtown San Diego by trolley to feed the homeless around the area on Mar. 15, 2017, in order to help the people in need and give new experiences to the club’s members.
    “The primary objective of M.E.Ch.A is to promote community service and help those in need,” said club advisor Lourdes Sanchez.
    The club traveled by trolley to the San Diego Convention Center in downtown and walked around the area to hand out small food items to the homeless people in the area. They encouraged  M.E.Ch.A members to donate small food items such as peanut butter, jam, and bread to make sandwiches and other foods that would be non-perishable.
    “All the club members were motivated to donate and help out for this event,” said M.E.Ch.A president Mayra Diaz. “Because this was the first time we have done something like this, it gave all of us a new experience in community service.”
    Diaz and Sanchez hope that this event would influence the future generations to do the same kind of activities that would make a great impact in our society. They want the next generations to do even better than what they had done.
     “We’re hoping that the next generations of M.E.Ch.A would be inspired to do the same, if not better, events like this to help those in need in our community,” said Diaz.
    M.E.Ch.A has been a club at Morse for 30 to 40 years. This event would be one of multiple that the club has done this year.
Written by,
Staff Writer Keano Lugue

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