TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A group of Tucson fifth and sixth graders who believe in Pope Francis' message that God is in everyone, are putting their faith into action by helping to feed hundreds of homeless people every year.
Tucson News Now's Morgan Kyrklund spoke with the kids who started the movement called "Sandwiches for Solidarity."
This year is the second year of the event, and teachers at Santa Cruz Catholic School said the tradition will continue as long as the kids want to keep participating.
Last year, a group of 10 and 11-year-olds started Sandwiches for Solidarity.
"It makes me happy because we are doing something for the poor and we can change the world by doing it," said sixth grader Elijah Gutierrez.
The children make sandwiches in the classroom and deliver them with the help of their parents to the homeless and hungry down the street at Casa Maria, a free kitchen.
"They are a child of god too so you should treat them right. And they should be loved the same way," said sixth grader Angel Oroezo. "They are not any different."
This year, Sandwiches for Solidarity means a little more with Pope Francis' visit to the U.S. later this month.
The kids are learning about human dignity and solidarity in class - the main message Pope Francis wants to spread during his visit.
"I love doing things for the homeless," Oroezo said.
But the kids admit, it'd be pretty cool if the pope stopped by their school to spread the love and some peanut butter and jelly.
"I'd like him to come to Santa Cruz and teach him how we make our sandwiches, and how nice and neat we make them," Oroezo said.
Nothing goes to waste.
If there are leftovers from Casa Maria, it's taken across the street to Santa Cruz River Park for the homeless there.