JWC students prepare care packages for the homeless

JWC students prepare care packages for the homeless
Posted on 11/10/2017

In the spirit of giving, a group of Jewel Weitzel Center (JWC) students are preparing care packages to benefit the homeless in San Antonio.

The project began back in September when the JWC partnered with United Methodist Church, located downtown.

“The church provides the donated supplies, and our students put care packages together,” JWC teacher Luis Semidey said. “It’s something that the church has been doing, and we thought it would be great opportunity for our kids to help out.”

Each care package contains a shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb and deodorant. The students are also lending a hand by rolling silverware for when the church helps feed the homeless.

According to JWC teacher Gary Hensen, the students’ participation is not only a noble cause, but it can also help them learn new skills for the future.

“These activities go in line with a lot of the jobs that these kids can do someday, where they can do piece work, packaging and things like that,” Mr. Hensen said.

Semidey feels proud of his students for making a difference in the community. They have been working together to prepare an average of 50 care packages every day until supplies run out.

“I think it’s good for them to be involved in their community regardless of disability. By giving and helping the community, they are showing that they have purpose and that their lives do matter,” Mr. Semidey concluded.

In appreciation of all their hard work, United Methodist Church will host a pizza party for the students on Nov. 17.

Way to go, JWC students! 

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