Students, faculty and staff at St. Joseph’s Academy came together during December to brighten the Christmas season for less fortunate members of the Baton Rouge community.
Dozens of families were adopted through the Catholic Charities’ Community Comes Together for Christmas program. Other groups benefiting from the generosity of the SJA community were Myriam’s House, Bishop Ott Shelter, St. Vincent de Paul Sweet Dreams, Boys Hope Girls Hope, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, the Butter ’Em Up and Sock it to ’Em holiday drive, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Christmas Crusades Toy Drive and elderly citizens in need.
“The spirit of Christmas lives every day in the hearts of our students,” said Principal Dr. Michele Lambert. “They beautifully exemplify God’s inclusive love through their actions of serving their dear neighbors.”
Campus Minister Mandy Tumminello said the outpouring of help from the Academy community will be especially meaningful this year. “While we encourage volunteering throughout the year, Christmas time is a wonderful opportunity to come together and support the community as we close the chapter on 2016,” she said. “This year has been truly challenging for our community. The volunteer efforts throughout this Christmas season leave us with hope for the future.”
Sister Chris Pologa, who teaches freshman theology, said the historic flooding in August impacted countless members of the local community. Through their generosity, students, faculty and staff are making a difference to those facing the challenge of rebuilding their lives, she said. “Given the difficulties we experienced in the fall, it is inspiring to see the CSJ charism alive in our SJA students as they reach out to the needy in our Baton Rouge community,” Sr. Chris said. “During this sacred season, we are sharing the joy of Christ’s birth with others through our loving service to the dear neighbor.”
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Date posted: December 16, 2016