Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
- Hebrews 13:16
Marist's annual Thanksgiving food and toiletries drive will run November 13 to 25. Students are asked to bring in specific items based on the religion teacher they have.
This year items will go to one of two charities. Food items will be donated to Caring Patriots. The veterans' food drive began in 2009 as a dream to help provide a Thanksgiving meal to roughly 15 veterans who would not have otherwise had one. In its inaugural year, the organization was able to provide 109 veterans and their families the means for a Thanksgiving meal. Since then, the need has grown tremendously. Caring Patriots collaborates with businesses, clubs, schools, and churches to help collect non-perishable food items that are then used to help assemble and provide approximately 6-8 grocery bags 'aka' “baskets” per veteran and their families. The event has grown to support upwards of 1,000 local veterans and their families.
Toiletry items will go to Encuentro Project, a partner ministry of the Marist Brothers in El Paso, Texas. The “Encuentro Project,” in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico and El Paso, offers services for planning and lodging to deal with life experiences, in the area between the two countries, dedicated to migrants. The project includes direct work with applicants for asylum, migrants, and refugees. Also, it offers social Catholic education about projects and the lives of migrants on the frontiers, through visits, meditation, and spiritual accompaniment. "Project Encounter" is an inter-congregational, collaborative project which includes the Jesuits, the Marist Brothers, the Sisters of San Francisco of the Holy Family, lay people, and the Instituto Fronterizo Esperanza (Border Institute Hope). Marist Brothers Todd Patenaude from the U.S. Province and Navarrese Eduardo De La Torre, from the Western Mexico Province work for the project and formed a Marist community in the border area in El Paso.
Students who have Mrs. Kolkmeyer, Mr. Hyland, Deacon Neu or Mrs. Ramirez are asked to bring toiletries, including:
Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion, Diapers, Toothpaste/Toothbrushes, Soap, Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels, Feminine Products, Deodorant, Wipes, etc.
Students who have Mr. Quinn, Mr. O'Brien or Mrs. Greenan are asked to bring canned meats.
Students who have Br. Sam, Mrs. Ames or Ms. Ende are asked to bring canned fruits and vegetables.
Students who have Mrs. Wolff, Mr. Meyer, Mrs. Maratea or Br. Luis are asked to starches, including:
Ramen Noodles, Macaroni and Cheese, Rice, Pasta, Canned Soup, Oatmeal, Stuffing