Several dozen students from Westchester High School were invited to volunteer at the 65th Thanksgiving meal November 27th at the Fred Jordan Mission, an annual event for the homeless in downtown Los Angeles.

Over 2,000 homeless were served this year. The student volunteers were ready to pitch in where needed. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was among the volunteers and he thanked students from Westchester High School for being a part of the altruistic effort.

“This was a great opportunity for our students to participate in a volunteer effort,” said Anne Schaefer, a government teacher at the high school. “I think that what was most special was the number of students that came forward immediately who wanted to help on Thanksgiving.”

Fluke Fluker, co-founder of Village Nation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the success of underrepresented students, invited the students to participate in the Thanksgiving Day event. Approximately 1,100 high school students embarked on this community service project.

Prior to serving the meals, Westchester High students helped unload chairs from a 50-foot truck and place them around the long tables with orange plastic tablecloths.

After the homeless guests were served a dinner of turkey, gravy, potatoes, greens, yams, and pumpkin pie, they lined up at a station where Westchester High volunteers gave them gift bags filled with toiletries, scarves of different colors and sizes and bags of food which included carrots, onions, rice, oranges, bananas, avocados, apples and granola bars.