‘Tis the season to count our blessings and remember those who are less fortunate, and our students have been sharing their gifts and putting their faith into action. Here are just a few recent examples of our servant leadership at Saint Patrick this holiday season:
Toys for Tots Program
As part of Spirit Week (the first week of December), our community contributed over 400 gifts to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Thank you, Wolfhounds, for helping to make Christmas special for others!
A number of Saint Patrick students have been donating their time to the Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team (NEST). NEST is a consortium of over 30 churches and synagogues which provide two meals a day and over-night sheltering for the homeless from November through March.
Thank you to the following students who spent part of the weekend of December 7-8 helping the homeless in our community: R. McNeill, E. Birkel, C. and S. Bell, A. Stinette, and M. Kim. Thanks also to alum, Jack DeVito, and faculty members, Isabel Anderson and Gloria Emanuel, for their service.
Backpack, a Snack, and (Spare) Change Someone’s Life
The Fifth Grade recently wrapped up their school-wide service project, Backpack, a Snack, and (Spare) Change Someone’s Life. They collected backpacks, snacks, gift cards, and spare change. They donated 60 snack bags to NEST and 50 more will be donated to the Juvenile Detention Center. They collected $570 in spare change and food gift cards to share with those in need.
The Seventh Grade students along with their Prayer Buddies collected items as Christmas presents and wrapped them in shoe boxes for the Crossing Borders program. These shoe boxes will be delivered to young children in Mexico who otherwise would not receive gifts.
A group of Eighth Grade students led the Pajama Jams service project. The new pajamas were distributed just in time for the holidays. Something as simple as a new pair of pajamas can mean so much.
Santa Hats for Smiles
The Operation Smile Club at Saint Patrick is raising money this holiday season with their Santa Hats for Smiles project. They have already raised over $1000, enough money to fund four life-changing surgeries, giving the gift of smiles and bright new futures to children born with cleft conditions.
There is great work being done in our Wolfhound community!
Blessings to you and your family this holiday season.