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Members of the SMHS SOMOS Club found a way to warm the hearts of others when the temperature drops to freezing.

The club’s students started a Coat Drive and collected more than 500 clothing items including jackets, sweaters, scarves, gloves, pants and other necessities for folks at the Good Samaritan Shelter in Santa Maria. The students delivered them a few weeks ago.

SOMOS means “We Are.” It’s a club that promotes the Hispanic/Mexican Culture, but everyone is welcome to join. The mission is to motivate students to achieve a higher education and to make a positive difference in our society.

Senior Ofelia Marin described the project as, “A great experience and I enjoyed seeing smiles on faces while they were taking their coats.” Senior Lidia Machuca agreed, adding, “It was a unique experience because it was something new for me. I really enjoyed it. We all had fun and we met so many nice people.”

Other Saints also found the community service engaging.

“It was an awesome experience. It made me realize that homeless people are in need, especially in this cold, harsh weather. Our fellow Saints are doing a good job with helping out the community. “-Miriam Vasquez (12th)

“It was very a heartwarming experience because all the people that received warm clothing were grateful. We received a lot of thank you(s) and blessings from them.”- Adriana Angel (9th)

“Helping out at the Good Samaritan Shelter was an eye-opening experience, because it made me realize that the students and staff at SMHS can make a positive impact when we work together. Everyone was very cheerful and grateful which just fills my heart with joy. I hope to have many more experiences like this.” –Jenny Angel (11th)

“Helping out at the Good Samaritan Shelter made me very emotional. I remember a women at the shelter said, “It’s a blessing that younger people are thinking about the homeless.” I don’t regret going through all the work to bring happiness to other people.” - Zenaida Angel (12th)

SOMA Advisors couldn’t be prouder of the students who took the time out of their busy schedules for a higher purpose.

“Teaching students that by helping each other out, we can build a better community. Our Santa Maria High School students and staff have a big heart.” Sonia S. Morales, Math Teacher, Advisor

“Having the Coat Drive was an extremely rewarding experience for all involved. Students had the opportunity to hand out winter clothes to people who are less fortunate. This was a huge success due to the fact that many students and staff at our school contributed.” Yazmin Aguilera, Mathematics Teacher, Advisor

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