Montini Catholic students, under the direction of Campus Minister, Michael Blanchette, and Assistant Campus Minister, Kelly Davis, have been very busy this holiday season collecting, sorting and wrapping loads of Christmas cheer for area families.
The school's traditional 'Catholic Charities Adopt a Family' service program enables students to collect food and presents for families facing hardship this holiday season. The school 'adopted' a total of 30 families this year. During the months of November and December, homerooms adopt a particular family and donate money in order to be able to shop for them. 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 Blanchette.
Once their money is collected, the real fun begins, as the students choose toys, clothing and any other presents they hope their family would enjoy. "We also save some of the food collected during their Golden Gobbler Food Drive so that we can include in our Christmas gifts," explained Mr. Blanchette.
Blanchette informed that this year the students adopted families in need from York Center. They also adopted families from Clearbrook and Eisenhower Co-Op, both agencies service families having children with disabilities. "Katie Laurinaitis, an alum of Montini, is a teacher at Eisenhower," said Blanchette.
On Friday, December 11th, students finished wrapping their gifts which were delivered to the families on Saturday, December 12th.
"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."