The National Honor Society, along with the rest of the Holy Cross community, came together to purchase and donate 30 turkeys to the Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries. This Turkey Drive has taken place for ten years.
"The turkeys are so needed," said Barbara Ann Dublin, M.S., Executive Director for the Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries, Inc. "We had over 350 families sign up for a turkey. We never say no. We try really hard to see that they are included in a turkey give-away. The turkeys that Holy Cross gave us are truly gifts."
"This was such a success," said Caroline Flaminio '79, faculty member and moderator for the NHS. "We met and surpassed our goal. Several members of NHS were instrumental in making this a success."
Jessica Sanchez, Mike Mara, Charlie Spreda, Adriana Perugini, Mary Genieve Mosian, Rhea Luo, Kylee McIntosh and Meg Mazzatto collected money from other students and faculty for the turkeys. Will Marshall, Mike Mara, Daniel Huang and Mrs. Flaminio shopped for the turkeys. Caitlin Kinsella, Evan Diliberto, Kylee McIntosh, Caitlin Dreher, Alexis Koulouris, Riley Fasano, Monica Fenwick, Jillian Noack, Raquel Williamson, Sofia Lupoi, Micaela Pieksza, Madison Smith and Kylee McIntosh delivered the turkeys.
"Overall, we had a great response," said Kylee McIntosh. "This goes to a really good cause. These people wouldn't have a Thanksgiving dinner. It feels really good to help them with that."
"I am so proud of my classmates for donating," said Mike Mara. "It's nice to have the student body support. Knowing that we are helping others makes us proud."
The Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries is a non-denominational, faith-based, non-profit organization that serves the disadvantaged people living in the Waterbury community. Their mission is to feed the hungry in a respectful and dignified manner, to empower the underprivileged and homeless to become self-sufficient and to provide hope.
Holy Cross students has long partnered with the Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries. In addition to this annual Turkey Drive, National Honor Society students make sandwiches for them every Wednesday.
"Holy Cross has been doing this for many years," said Ms. Dublin. "Our hungry friends and neighbors know when it is Wednesday when Holy Cross brings down the meat and cheese sandwiches. They embrace their thoughtfulness and kindness. They praise the students. They think it is so honorable and really appreciate it... I think the world of the Holy Cross students. It is a good feeling to know that they give back with love and kindness. They don't ask for accolades. They do it from the heart."