Last year's Junior School food drive donations, on the truck for delivery.
From Mrs. Hartnett's Junior School Newsletter:
Beginning Friday, November 4, and ending Tuesday, November 22 (at 10:00 am), we are organizing our seventh annual food drive here at in the Junior School. The food that is collected will be donated to the Cardinal Ritter Senior Services Program of Catholic Charities, St. Louis. The Cardinal Ritter Program, entitled “We Care and We Share,” serves the needs of senior citizens living in Section 8 housing in the City of St. Louis, and I can assure you that the urgency is very, very real. City-wide and nation-wide, food pantry supplies are woefully inadequate to meet even the most basic of needs.
All members of the Priory community are invited to help in this effort. Please bring items to the Junior School by November 22 before 10:00 a.m.
Catholic Charities of St. Louis is a wonderful organization which serves some of the most desperate and disenfranchised families in the metropolitan area. The food which we will donate will help to address the incredibly bleak and recurrent prospect of hunger among some of our most fragile brothers and sisters. I can assure you that our kindness to the hungry is a great blessing to those for whom the next meal is often an illusion. But as we know, Christ is not an illusion. Please “see Christ and be Christ” by participating in this most worthwhile assistance program.
Two years ago, when we helped Cardinal Ritter Senior Services with our food drive, the senior citizens began lining up two days in advance of our delivery, and they had to be told not to wait outside shivering in the cold for the food that was arriving. When I think of someone’s dear grandparents standing out in the cold and braving the weather with such faith and determination and quiet strength, my heart breaks.
From a provided list of the most critically needed items, I have created a mini “shopping list” for each Junior School advisory — please see attached here (and although cookies and sweets were not on the original list, I added them – a sweet treat is a luxury enjoyed by everyone). I am hopeful that each family in the Junior School can buy at least one of each item on their list (but more is absolutely a good thing).
The clothing drive, which will happen in December, will be outlined in the issue of the newsletter going live on Friday, December 2. But do keep us in mind now in case you get bit by the Fall Closet Cleaning bug and are looking for someplace to send any gently used clothing that you no longer need or wear. We will gladly take it off your hands and put it in the hands of Catholic Charities Southside of St. Louis.