Alex Menache, staff writer
Beverly’s Service Learning and basketball programs teamed up to provide food for the homeless this Thanksgiving weekend. Ten Service Learning members and 20 members of the girls’ basketball team volunteered at People Assisting The Homeless, a service center in Hollywood that provides support for homeless individuals and families to successfully transition from living on the streets to living in homes of their own.
Through the leadership of senior Abigail Rothstein and girls’ basketball assistant coach Edison Locke, Beverly students prepared and cooked a homemade Italian meal for 70 residents, some as families, living at PATH. For over three hours, the students cooked and served chicken, salad and garlic bread, and conversed with the PATH residents over cookies for dessert.
“Cooking for the homeless, especially after sharing Thanksgiving with my family, made me appreciate what I have and made me realize how basic necessities like food and water shouldn’t be taken for granted,” Rothstein said. “Hopefully Service Learning and basketball can make this a tradition for the following years.”
PATH has over two million volunteers in Los Angeles and continues to welcome volunteers of all ages. Through their collaboration with Service Learning, the basketball program has converted a team bonding experience into one of philanthropic purpose.