Homelessness continues to be a problem throughout the La Crosse community, but one local class is looking to help in a small way, by making care packages for those in need.
Riverfront provides classes and support for those with disabilities in our region.
One of their classes offered this semester offers individuals the chance to learn more about homelessness in the area and what they can do to help.
The class's main goal: Treat others how you would like to be treated.
There is a bit of packing going on in Meredith Jensen's class, but these bags are for a much greater cause.
"I am going to Viterbo for social work, and we started off class learning about some of the poverty and the homeless issues, and I saw the problem and knew something had to be done,” Jensen said.
Over the course of a semester, Jensen's class is working on producing 25 care packages that will be given to the area's homeless.
"In each of our care packages, we have a set of hygiene items that include shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothbrush, floss and mouthwash,” Jensen said.
And her students are more than happy to help out.
"I see them. So sad they have no place to live, and they don't have no food,” Jennifer Saltzman said.
But for Jensen, the class is not only about helping the homeless, it's about teaching others to be kind as well.
"Having them understand the need and what we can do to help, I think that will push them in the future to continue to do good things,” Jensen said.
And that kindness is already making a difference.
"There are many people in this world who are either unable or unwilling to help the homeless, and so many people look away from the homeless and think that they're worthless, but I don't think that way,” said student Ben Fredrickson.
Jensen has already delivered five of the care packages to some of the homeless, which she said has been very well-received.
The care packages also include clothing as well as small snack.