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Peer Ministers Extend a Hand to Neighbors in Need


Montini Catholic's Peer Ministry Team recently wrapped up their 'Neighbors in Need Fundraiser' for the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry.  The drive ran for one week (October 19th-23rd) and students were asked to bring in much needed paper products (tissues and paper towels) to help restock supplies at the food pantry.  In addition to the paper products, the Peer Ministers challenged homerooms to bring in cleaning/personal products, specifically shampoo, dish soap, and laundry detergent.  "The homeroom that brought in the most items received a dress-down day," said Assistant Campus Minister, Kelly Davis.

 "With so many events cancelled or postponed this year, the Peer Ministers were really excited to be able to host this fundraiser," added Mrs. Davis.   "We are really appreciative for the support from our school community."

Students helped food pantry Operations Manager, Rich Wloszek, load up the food pantry truck on Monday, October 26th.

"We would like to give a huge 'shout out' to the Peer Ministry Team at Montini Catholic," said Mr. Wloszek, posting his appreciation on the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry's Facebook page.  "They noticed that our pantry was short on personal items and soft goods, and they quickly acted by hosting this much needed drive.  Several shopping carts of paper goods, soaps, and cleaning products were collected and our staff was very happy to help unload the bonanza. Thank you, Montini Catholic, and to all that donated to this wonderful collection!"

Next up for the Broncos is their 24th annual Golden Gobbler Food Drive which begins November 13th.  Montini Catholic welcomed its third Peer Ministry group this fall.  (The first group was formed in 2018.) The faith-based ministry group is currently made up of 35 junior and senior members.  Fifteen members are new, and twenty are returning members. Their mission is to inspire and motivate by example and to encourage students to engage in faith-based activities at the school and in their communities.  "We want to increase opportunities for students to grow in their faith," explained Theology teacher and Peer Ministry advisor, Katie Miller.  "We think that providing opportunities led by the students, themselves, will make them more meaningful and desirable." 

Image above:  Peer Ministers Alize Yunez and Jillian Snukst help load up supplies for the pantry on October 26th.

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