By CBSLA Staff

SANTA MONICA (CBSLA) — A simple folding table holding basic necessities like food, toiletries and cleaning supplies is a huge gesture of kindness for people who are struggling to get through the pandemic.

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So-called “sharing tables” are popping up throughout Southern California. One of them appears once a week on a Santa Monica sidewalk.

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Throughout the day, people drop off supplies and others take what they need – for free. No one oversees the table, so there’s no questions asked.

Lee Brenner of Santa Monica said the sharing tables are a direct response to the panic buying and empty shelves that everyone saw at the start of the pandemic, and still occasionally appear a year later.

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“People were hoarding and people were scared, and now I just feel like we have to undo that,” Brenner said. “So we have to do more than just forget about it and move on, I feel like we have to undo that and show kind of who we really are as a community.”

The Sharing Tables of NY & CA has more than 2,000 followers on Facebook, which is where Kseniya Yorsh learned about it. She decided to drop off a few things with her baby in tow.

“I came by and dropped off some mac and cheese, and some snacks that I had,” she said. “I saw a post on Facebook that there was this thing going on, and I thought I had some extra items and it would be nice to share with somebody who might be in need.”

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There are now almost three dozen sharing tables in California and New York, and more keep appearing.