Second graders at a school in Kennesaw are doing their part to fight homelessness.
As a part of their service day, students at Mt. Paran Christian School created care packages for homeless families.
Seven-year-old Donovan DeWitt came up with the idea for the service project after seeing a homeless family holding a sign on a street corner.
"These people have no homes and people like us have homes and I just want to help them," DeWitt said.
Donovan's classmates really got into the project. They even decorated shoeboxes and made cards for the families to show them they care.
"Yes, it makes me feel bad when I think about kids that have bad homes – like under bridges and outside in the cold weather," said Mallory Westbrook,.
The United Way will distribute the care packages to homeless families. Carley Jacobs is the development officer at United Way. She says this service day project is a great civic lesson for these young students.
"These second graders are about eight. So, their understanding that it's not just creating these boxes for people that they don't know about or can't relate to. They're actually creating these boxes for kids just like themselves," Jacobs said.
Donovan said he just wants homeless families to know "that they're loved, and someone loves them."
Last year, the United Way distributed 20,000 shoe box care packages, but this year they have received requests for more than 50,000.
If you would like to help their campaign to assist homeless families, visit: http://shoebox.unitedwayatlanta.org