School brings joy through boxed meals

Via The Florida Catholic – November 2017

St. Brendan Catholic School in Ormond Beach recently joined with Cross Catholic Outreach in a Boxes of Joy project. Students packed 230 boxes that will be sent to children of Haiti and Guatemala in time for Christmas.

“There was a wonderful spirit in the school as the students in all grades packed their boxes. It was also a great thing to do during Open House so visitors could see Christianity in action,” said principal Philip Gorrasi.

Fifth grade teacher, Monica Dole, moderated the program. Her class helped pack the large cartons that will be picked up by Cross Catholic Outreach for shipment. The school selected gifts for boys and girls between 2 and 14 years of age. Families shopped for the gifts, including small toys, hygiene items, school supplies and candy, while the school purchased items for families who made monetary donations. Dole explained the school also purchased toothbrushes, toothpaste, tissues, prayer bears, cross necklaces, some school supplies with religious symbols, coloring books with crayons and some small toys.  Other items purchased by families were socks, flip-flops, snacks, reusable water bottles.

Dole said the project was an opportunity to teach her older students about the corporal works of mercy. “With the 5th grade I talked about spreading the Good News. My students really got into this service project and said how sad it was that the children in the video live in poverty and they wanted to do everything they could to help them have a great Christmas,” she said. “They kept asking if they could fill more boxes!”

Around the Diocese was written by Christine Commerce and Glenda Meekins.