St. Joseph’s Academy students, faculty and staff served the dear neighbor this Christmas season through a number of holiday outreach projects.
Families were adopted through the Catholic Charities’ Community Comes Together for Christmas program. Also benefiting from the generosity of the SJA community were the Butter ’Em Up and Sock it to ’Em holiday drive, the Baton Rouge General neonatal intensive care unit, the St. Vincent de Paul Sweet Dreams Shelter and homeless citizens across the area.
SJA’s theology classes collected peanut butter and socks for the Sisters of St. Joseph’s annual Advent/Christmas project. The donations were delivered to St. Vincent de Paul.
SJA Ambassadors adopted two families through Catholic Charities. Club members also collected Christmas cards for a Vinton, Louisiana, boy diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor.
The SJA Cheerleaders adopted a family, and the Beta Club hosted a toy drive for youngsters in need.
Students in Amy Neck’s family and consumer science classes made infant hats for babies in the NICU at the Baton Rouge General. They also made stockings to be hung on the outside of the incubators with the infants’ names and spots for their hand and footprints.
The Respect Life Club collected items for the women and children staying in the Sweet Dreams Shelter and wrote Christmas cards to them.
The soccer team participated in an event hosted by the Baton Rouge Police Department and AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana to help serve the homeless community. Among the opportunities provided was a “shopping area” for clothing, food and household supplies; access to counseling; and spiritual and motivational testimonies. Approximately 500 people attended and received assistance.
Mindy Brodhead Averitt