Montini Catholic students, under the direction of Campus Minister, Michael Blanchette, and Assistant Campus Minister, Kelly Davis, have been very busy this Christmas 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 during holiday season and/or throughout the year. During the months of November and December, homerooms donate money in order to be able to shop for their "families." 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.
"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, December 15th, 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 assembled in the school's chapel to await delivery to families on Saturday, 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."