CJ Community Serves Hungry, Homeless

THANK YOU to our amazing students, teachers, families, alums and friends who helped us exceed our Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week (HHAW) donation goals.

Once again, the CJ community pulled together to give back and educate others during the week before Thanksgiving. CJ raised a total of $2,943 and contributed 2,832 items for donation during the week of Nov. 17-25.

F.L.I.G.H.T. prepares to distribute collection boxes to Period 1 classrooms before HHAW 2014.

Each school day, students, faculty and staff learned more about the issues of hunger and homelessness affecting people throughout our world. They were also challenged to become involved in caring for the plight of their neighbors.

Collections from the two concurrent donation drives, spearheaded by senior members of F.L.I.G.H.T. (Faith Leaders in God’s Hands Today), will be given to aid those served by the Dayton Foodbank, St. Vincent de Paul and Catholic Relief Services & Oxfam.

New this year, students who participated in themed giving days were entered into prize drawings.

“Students may bring in monetary donations, non-perishable items and toiletries any day during the entire week,” said Kelli Kinnear, director of ministry and service. “However, by participating in themed days, students can win tickets to the Christmas Dance and various athletic events.

“Prizes aside, everyone who decides to give back during this week will receive the ultimate gift of knowing that they’ve taken it upon themselves to be servants of Christ and stewards of His word,” Kinnear said.

Also new this year was the fun “Change Challenge.” Four large jars representing each class were placed in the cafeteria and students competed by placing loose change in any jar other than their own class’ during lunch periods. Congratulations to the senior class on finishing with the least amount of money in their jar.

Members of FLIGHT kicked off the week on Friday, Nov. 14 by presenting to their peers in Period 1 classes. Other awareness activities included daily morning music, prayer and reflections, and quotes which were played and/or read aloud over the PA.

Special service activities were made available to students, as well as faculty and staff, including a special a REACH site visit Wednesday and preparation of bagged lunches on Thursday.

Themed Giving Days

Bring in monetary donations.

Bring in toiletry donations such as shampoo, toothbrushes, etc.

Bring in small items such as winter hats, gloves, scarves, etc.

This is an optional all-school fast day. Students can help bag lunches for St. Vincent de Paul during lunch periods.

Bring in food donations for The Foodbank.

Bring in any of above items.