During this year's annual Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, held November 15-22, Chaminade Julienne students, faculty, and staff successfully surpassed the school's donation goals by collecting more than $2,500 and 2,000 items for people in need.
“I am always inspired by the way our CJ community steps up to give and to serve,” said Kelli Kinnear, director of ministry and service. “Our students are called to be people of compassion, integrity and service, and this is one great example of how they do that.”
Monetary donations are being given to two international hunger relief organizations: Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States; and Oxfam, a collaboration of 14 different non-governmental organizations from three countries working worldwide to fight poverty and injustice.
Donated non-perishable food items, toiletries and clothing will all be delivered to local organizations including Catholic Social Services, The Food Bank, St. Vincent’s and the Dayton Children’s Hospital. Members of FLIGHT (pictured above), helped organize events, collected donations from first period classes, and assisted with adding quotes and statistics about each issue to CJ’s daily morning prayer.
“We are also blessed to have a faculty and staff who live out their faith on a daily basis and model this to our students,” Kinnear said. In addition to collecting donations, students as well as faculty and staff also helped prepare bag lunches and hot meals on Wednesday and Thursday to feed more than 350 people at St. Vincent’s and the House of Bread. Because of everyone’s tremendous effort, the school will be rewarded a day off later in the year.