I went around the cafeteria today, and I asked students what they are thankful for.

To summarize, students were thankful for: friends, family, food, water, shelter, grandparents, teachers, kindle, toys, pets, siblings, life, house, basketball, football, God, bunk bed.  We are truly blessed.  We are blessed to be part of this school community.  But, not everyone is as fortunate as us.  

On Sunday, I stopped by City Lights shelter for women and children.  The woman at the desk told me that they receive a lot of donations for children during the holidays, but they do not always get items for the women.  They are specifically looking for bags for the women that have soft pajamas, slippers, and nice shampoo and conditioner (not dollar store products) to bless the women.

On Monday, I received a letter in the mail from a woman who was a recipient of some of the products at the St. Joseph’s School Friendship Feast last week.  She said, “God always meets my needs, but I was getting concerned about having to try to borrow money to be able to buy shampoo/conditioner–everything you young people worked hard for!!! I feel like a princess.”

We just got our first snow this week, and as beautiful as it was, I am mindful of the people living in tents by Interfaith Sanctuary.  Let’s try to make others in our community feel like princes and princesses this season and into the new year.  It’s a great opportunity for our students to get their community service hours, and it is an opportunity to come together as a family.

Holiday volunteer opportunities