Five-year-old Zachary McClure admits he doesn't understand the plight of the homeless.
But he's sure of one thing.
"I know that God loves everyone," he whispered as he and fellow preschoolers spent Friday morning preparing vegetable soup to help feed up to 70 people at the cold weather shelter at St. John's Episcopal Church on Prospect Street.
The church has sponsored the shelter in the past in partnership with REACH (Religious Effort to Assist and Care for the Homeless), but this is the first year the church's preschoolers have prepared a meal for people using the shelter.
"When we learned that our church would be sponsoring the cold weather homeless shelter, we thought it was a good idea for our students to learn a lesson in kindness," school director Beth Adams said.