S. Whittier center feeds families

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH WHITTIER – A 6-year-old Whittier girl joined 174 volunteers to serve 50,000 pounds – yes, 50,000 – of food to needy residents Saturday at a local church. “If people will stand in line for a couple of hours, I think it shows there is a need,” said Eric Tietze, an associate pastor at the Corner Celebration Center church and director of Hearts of Compassion Food Bank. About 700 people lined up at noon to receive food. All year, Tietze and volunteers, including members of a church in Banning and teenagers from South Los Angeles, collect food donations from restaurants and other businesses throughout Los Angeles County. On Saturday at the Corner Celebration Center church, near Valley View Avenue and Leffingwell Road, volunteers loaded shopping carts with diapers, tennis shoes, yogurt, boxed food, fresh fruit, vegetables and other foods. Serina Meza, 6, filled insulated lunch bags with candy for children. Truck driver Rodney Gonzales of Whittier, who lined up for food with his wife Rose Anna, said it was hard to find work during the holidays. “It is a rough time for us,” he said. Jaime Guzman, 16, of Norwalk said he was there with his family because they were out of food and wanted to get a toy. “We don’t have any money,” Jaime said. “We can’t buy gifts for my little brother.” During the event, Christmas music could be heard throughout the small church parking lot where volunteers unloaded boxes of food, fed children hot dogs and made sure the shopping carts made it back to the church for the next group to use. Student volunteers from a South Los Angeles charter school were assigned to help out the families. Other volunteers attended the church or knew Tietze. “I am here to give to the people who are in need,” said Danny Guerrero, 28, of Fontana. “God blesses us and we must give to the people.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2201last_img read more