Schools prepare for Christmas by fostering spirit of giving

Record Staff Report

Students in the Archdiocese of Louisville are getting in the Christmas spirit by helping those less fortunate.

  • Assumption High School students have been doing a school-wide Christmas service project, Dec. 3 to Dec. 15, to collect donations for individuals served by nine local non-profit agencies. The agencies that will benefit from the collection are: St. John Center for Homeless Men, Blackacre Conservancy, the Ronald McDonald House, Lifehouse Maternity Home, Shively Area Ministries, Family Scholar House, South Louisville Community Ministries, St. Joseph Children’s Home and Catholic Charities of Louisville’s Sister Visitor Center. The high school’s Future Business Leaders of America club made cards for members of the U.S. military Nov. 29; the junior Beta Club made warm clothing for dogs at the Kentucky Humane Society Dec. 5; and members of the senior Beta Club helped to stuff stockings, wrap gifts, decorate cottages and plan a Christmas party for children served by Uspiritus on the Brooklawn and Bellewood campuses.
  • Holy Trinity School students collected socks and toiletries for the needy served by St. Martin of Tours Church’s Schuhmann Center, gift cards for St. Joseph Children’s Home, gifts for mothers and children served by St. Martin’s Golden Arrow Center, toiletries for Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services and clothing for Holy Trinity Church’s Links of Friendship program, which helps needy families in Eastern Kentucky.
  • St. Nicholas Academy students raised close to $3,000 to purchase clothing and gifts for needy classmates. A group of students shopped for the items on Dec. 6.
  • St. Martha School students filled stockings with gifts for children served by South East Associated Ministries (SEAM). Students also collected canned goods and other food items for SEAM. Middle school students participated in St. Martha Church’s giving tree. Each homeroom “adopted” a person for whom they purchased gifts. The gifts benefitted needy individuals served by various local non-profits.
  • Our Lady of Lourdes students collected more than 1,000 canned goods for the Dare to Care food pantry. The school will continue to help the needy by donating leftover items from its lunch program to the Waggener High School food pantry.
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