Each Thanksgiving season, the Christian Brothers Academy student body is challenged to do good for the local community, while also being grateful for the good fortune they have in their own lives.
During the four weeks of this year’s Thanksgiving Food Drive, the student body rallied around each other to collect a staggering amount of donations: over 20,000 items for local food banks and charities.
“It is a great feeling to see our guys come together as one and collect over 20,000 items,” Director of Campus Ministry Matthew Butler said. “Even more special, we had an alumnus, who was back from college, donate to our cause on Tuesday morning. This just shows how special the CBA community truly is.”
During Principal Ross Fales’ remarks at Tuesday’s Thanksgiving Prayer Service, he mentioned how the spirit of the CBA community is to “pay it forward.” Since the students are lucky enough to attend CBA and have a fruitful Thanksgiving holiday, the student body comes together to donate their time and money toward those who are less fortunate. While the Thanksgiving season certainly highlights this, it very much is the mindset of the CBA community throughout the school year.
The collected items will now be donated to food banks around New Jersey over the next few weeks. The Keansburg Police Department has already taken two truckloads of items to Helping Hands for their annual Thanksgiving food basket giveaway.
The 20,000+ items collected this season is nearly 5,000 more than the CBA student body collected in 2017.