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Students Adopt Families in Need for Christmas
Posted 12/14/2018 02:17PM

Montini Catholic students, under the direction of Campus Minister, Michael Blanchette, and Assistant Campus Minister, Kelly Davis, are very busy each Christmas season shopping, donating, sorting and wrapping loads of Christmas cheer for area families. Our school's traditional 'Catholic Charities Adopt a Family' service program enables students to collect food and gifts for families facing hardship during the holiday season and/or throughout the year. During the months of November and December, Montini students donate money through their homerooms - which each homeroom receiving a family to shop for. The students receive wish lists informing them of the number of family members, their gender, ages, and sizes. "Most of the wish lists include simple items many of us take for granted like gloves, boots, and warm hats," said Mr. Blanchette. As part of their annual Adopt-A-Family project, each year students also create handmade blankets to include in their gift packages. The money used to buy the material to create the warm blankets is raised each year by the school's Drama Department which sponsors a Halloween Dress Down (or Up) Day in October.
"We also save some of the food collected during our Golden Gobbler Food Drive so that we can include in our Christmas gifts," explained Mr. Blanchette.

On Friday morning, December 14th, students attended a special Advent prayer service in the gymnasium. Afterwards, an extended homeroom period allowed them to finish wrapping their gifts. All packages were then bagged and stored to await delivery to families on Sunday, December 16th.

"We are very grateful to be a part of the Adopt-A-Family Program," said Blanchette. "It really makes a difference by lifting the spirits of families in need at the holiday time.
Programs such as this remind us of what is important in life and there's no better time than Christmas to reflect on our many blessings."

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