Students at St. Jerome School in Westchester recently collected 500 pairs of new and “like-new” socks to donate to homeless men, women and children in downtown Los Angeles.

As part of a community project, St. Jerome students from grades pre-K through eighth collected the socks for donations to homeless clients of the Cardinal Manning Center.

The project began after David Fields, executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Los Angeles, addressed the entire student body earlier this spring on the importance of community service, a school spokesperson said.

Seven junior high school students then spent a morning at St. Vincent’s Cardinal Manning Center, which provides services to people living on the streets, where they learned about the history of homelessness in Los Angeles.

Justin Mammen, deputy director of the Manning Center explained to the students that clean socks, which many often take for granted, are hard to come by for people who have lost their homes. After the discussion, the students toured the center and then organized the sock drive for their school.

“We are proud of the students’ efforts. These socks will be on people’s feet tonight,” Connor Johnson, a caseworker for the Manning Center, said after picking up the donations at the school.

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