Students learn a lesson on Skid Row

first_img • Photo Gallery: 12/15: Students help the homeless “I need a T-shirt. I need jeans. I’m outside so I don’t need nothing pretty,” she said. Homeless since 1997, Talbert, 52, said somebody stole her shopping cart and everything inside. “I don’t know who did it,” she said. But students from Sierra Vista Middle School in Covina, who had spent Thursday morning passing out hundreds of clothes, toiletries, blankets and socks to the homeless in Los Angeles’ Skid Row, had pretty much run out of supplies. So Athalie Waugh and Natalie Pinto, two juniors from Glendora High School, walked around the corner and bought Talbert a blanket for $6. “She had nothing,” said Waugh, who spends $6 on lunch every day. Pinto chimed in: “We don’t even finish our food.” “You don’t even know realize how good you have it until it’s thrown in your face like this,” Waugh said. About 35 students from Sierra Vista Middle, and 10 from Glendora and South Hills high schools handed out clothes, blankets and toiletries to the homeless around Third and Los Angeles streets in downtown Los Angeles. They’ve been making annual trips downtown for five years and have given out more than 100,000 items, according to teacher Sheila Edwards, who organized the event. As Dorothy Mendez, 52, accepted a few shirts and socks, she called out to the students: “It’s going to be freezing tonight. I’m doubling up on socks.” Get an education, she told one girl, “or else you’ll be out here collecting socks like me.” Most of the recipients wished students a Merry Christmas or said, “God bless you.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2513 LOS ANGELES – Sitting on the ground in a downtown parking lot, Ethel Talbert clutched a box of chocolates and asked two teenage girls for a blanket and clothes. For More Info 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more