The Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition got some help Christmas Eve.
About 300 Beverly Hills Unified School District students and their families made 1,300 lunches for the charity, said Laura Margo, head of community service for PTA at , which is where the event took place.
Students assembled lunches that contained a sandwich, an apple, chips or a granola bar, a drink, a candy cane, two pieces of candy, a napkin and a handmade card.
“I like helping the homeless, just like my mom does,” said Evan Baron, a first grade student at Beverly Vista, who was making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches alongside his mother, Glenna.
The community came together to provide the needed items, Margo said. Each of the five schools donated peanut butter, jelly, snacks or drinks. Resident Janis Gurnick contributed 1,400 candy canes.
Local businesses also helped. Mammoth Water provided a few hundred bottles of water, and Bruce and Stefani Langer, whose children attend Beverly Vista, gave a few hundred Langers juice boxes. The donated coffee and hot chocolate to all the parents and student volunteers.
Even before the event, Beverly Hills elementary students contributed by making 1,300 holiday cards to go into the lunch bags. Each school’s community service representative organized the card collection.
Middle and high school students received four service points for attending the event as part of their . However, that was not the primary reason for being there, most students said.
“It really feels good to help others,” one high school freshman said.