Students Continue Community Outreach with Essential Item Collections
October 27, 2020
Christian Brothers Academy students have always been generous when Campus Ministry has called upon them to donate food and other essentials to those in need.
This fall, these collections mean even more with so many people struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Late October signals the start of the Thanksgiving Food Drive, which will run from October 26th through November 23rd. Students are encouraged to bring any non-expired food cans, rice, pasta, diapers, hygiene products, and new socks & gloves. Each morning, these items can be dropped off in Room 106 with Campus Minister Mr. Butler.
As in past years, Campus Ministry is running a competition to determine who donates the most items, pitting each grade level against one another this time around. CBA Athletics is also encouraging each team to donate items as a group.
However, the student body didn’t wait until the Thanksgiving Food Drive to begin donating essential items.
Since September, Campus Ministry has been collecting food for St. Mark’s Food Pantry in Keyport. Academy men have even put together pre-packed, individualized lunches for St. Mark’s to hand out during lunch hours.
Students have also stepped up for women and children in need. Donations of hygiene products, diapers and toys have been sent to local women’s shelters in the greater Monmouth County area.
As Daniel DeMasi ’21 said during the food drive he organized, it’s not surprising to see CBA students step up for those who need it the most.
“In light of the COVID-19 situation, the greater community needs our service more than ever and it is important for us to find ways to provide that service even if it cannot be in person,” DeMasi said.