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What the “giving” in Thanksgiving means
December 5, 2018

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Holy Family students, staff, and families celebrated the Thanksgiving season by participating in acts of kindness and donations to help those in the community. From collecting canned goods, dressing down in pink for breast cancer awareness, bringing toiletries to donate, and donating their own money, Holy Family students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade contributed with generous hearts.

All the service organizations at the school came together for joint causes this fall. Student Council, National Junior Beta Club, Young Men's Service Group, and ARK (Acts of Random Kindness) all met after school one day to find ways to help serve their community. They targeted four specific organizations for the months of October and November: St. Vincent DePaul, Joanie Abdu Center, Dorothy Day House, and Beatitude House.

Several boxes of canned foods and non-perishable food items were donated to St. Vincent DePaul.

This will help to benefit local families in need. Deacon Ray Hatala, received the canned goods on behalf of St. Vincent DePaul.

In addition, Holy Family students had a dress down day where they were able to dress out of school uniform and wear pink to help raise awareness for breast cancer research. Holy Family donated a total of $400 to the Joanie Abdu Center.

In addition to toiletry items, a check for $300 was donated to the Dorothy Day House of Youngstown. Brendan Markey, a second grade student, was excited to help Sr. Ann at the Dorothy Day House by donating his own money. Brendan is a regular summer garden volunteer at the Dorothy Day House and has gotten to know Sr. Ann and what they do there.

"I gave a dollar I got from the tooth fairy to help the people at Dorothy Day House, along with some soap for the bathrooms there. I even put a note on the soap for Sr. Ann to let her know I am thinking about her," Markey said.

Samantha Rotunno, a sixth grade student, is in both ARK and Student Council. Samantha always wants to help other people and is active in doing so. She was active in helping with the canned food drive and toiletry donations. "The smile of the people you help is better then the smile on your own face," Samanth said. "It feels amazing to help others almost like you're saving a life. "

Holy Family service groups will be meeting again soon to discuss what projects they will do for the winter months.

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