Chico, Calif. -- Chico student artists came together Thursday night to raise money for a local homeless shelter.
The 17th annual Chico Empty Bowls fundraiser sold ceramic bowls to raise money for the Torres Community Shelter.
The non-profit shelter provides beds, meals and hot showers to the homeless community.
Guests picked out ceramic bowls made by students at Chico and Pleasant Valley High School.
Torres Shelter Executive Director Joy Amaro said the number of overnight stays at the shelter are rising, averaging 99 per night over the last year.
In November the shelter reached capacity one night with 160 people, 34 of whom were children.
"We made these bowls over here and now I'm volunteering to greet these people so it's kind of a nice way to come out and help people," said Ezrah Hankins, a Pleasant Valley High School student.
"Even with inclement weather, the people just line up at the doors and get to pick their favorite bowl and warm soup and it's all an effort to feed the homeless," said Amaro.
After picking a bowl, guests chose a soup to eat. The food was donated by local businesses such as Tong Fong Low, La Hacienda and Panighetti's.
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