Sleeping on the streets is not easy. With that in mind, a group of high school students donated some useful, handmade items to the homeless in Texarkana on Wednesday.
Educators said the teens benefited from the project, too. “I think the students learned that there’s a whole world out there outside of their little circle,“ said Ashdown High School teacher Alicia McCormack.
The Ashdown High Schools teens donated their mats to Mission Texarkana. “I know that there’s people out here that need help,“ said ninth grader Austyn Delozier. The students have been working on the mats since November, crocheting common plastic bags.
“They lay them like, under their tents, to keep them, like, more dry,“ said Delozier. “These bags are extremely durable and that’s a big help out on the streets,“ said Mission Texarkana Executive Director Cody Howard.
He added that it’s important to educate every generation about homelessness. “A lot of those situations are caused by physical problems, mental problems or abuse in most cases.“
Educators are hopeful that students learned the importance of giving. “You can really help out in the littlelest ways,“ said tenth grader Makayla Swearengin. “I’ve never like, paid attention to how blessed I am,“ added Delozier.
As the students departed Mission Texarkana, Howard said he hoped the teens took with them the importance of compassion. “Putting someone else’s needs above their own, of taking a moment to take all the love that … they have for themselves and place it on someone else.“