Onalaska High School students donate to La Crosse Warming Center

Students collected about three car loads of items to donate

Onalaska students are learning the true meaning of the holidays by helping those less fortunate.

For the past two weeks the Onalaska High School French and Spanish Honor Societies have been holding a drive for the La Crosse Warming center.

Through their hard work and the kindness of the student body they collected about three car loads of items to donate.

On Wednesday they delivered just some of what they collected, but say there is more coming tomorrow.

“I think this is the probably the largest donation, and this is only half of it, that we’ve gotten from one group at one time. I mean it’s tremendous the amount of things that the students have gathered in so short of time,” said the La Crosse Warming Center Director Mary Fitzpatrick.

For the students the drive is a way not only to give back but to show others you’re never too young to make a difference.

“We haven’t lost hope in the community. We still want to help the homeless that are in the cold. We want to make everybody happy and warm during the holidays,” said Onalaska High School Senior Gao Vang.

“Anybody can make a difference in the community even just teenagers in the high school doing in it. Anyone can do it, they just have to step up to the plate and take charge,” said Onalaska High School Senior Katie Sharp.

The Warming Center is on south 3rd street in downtown La Crosse.