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Students Take the Lead on Christmas Community Service Projects

The Holy Cross High School community celebrated the true meaning of Christmas by spearheading a number of service-related projects. These brought some holiday cheer to those less fortunate. Since Thanksgiving, students donated clothing, toys and food to a number of local organizations.

"While service and compassion toward others is a well-honed habit at Holy Cross, I nonetheless continue to be inspired and impressed by the Holy Cross hearts of our students," said President Paul G. Geise. "In Moreau's words, 'With eyes of faith consider the greatness of your mission and the wonderful amount of good which you can accomplish.'"

Below are the student-led Christmas service projects.

Stockings for Seniors

Student Activities and Campus Ministry delivered 110 stockings to the residents and rehab patients of Apple Rehab Center in Watertown, CT. The stockings contained many items including crossword puzzles, playing cards, lotions, toiletries, socks and stuffed animals. "We love visiting the residents of Apple Rehab," said Meg Dwyer '05, Director of Student Activities. "The resident's eyes light up when our students hand deliver the stockings to their rooms."

The Giving Tree

Campus Ministry took the lead on this school-wide initiative. Ornaments containing the Christmas wish lists of local children were displayed on a tree in the school's front foyer. Holy Cross students and families picked an ornament off the tree and bought the listed item. All gifts were delivered to the Children's Community School in Waterbury. "We collected more than 30 gifts," said Kyle Piatak, Director of Campus Ministry. "These included Lego Duplos, dolls, action figures, slime-kits and more. A number of children are going to be so happy on Christmas Day when they receive these tokens of care."

Project Warmth

The Class of 2018 collected and donated over 100 jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts, hats and gloves to Wellmore Behavioral Health and Acts 4 Ministries in Waterbury, CT. "This project has been successfully run by the senior class for the last ten years," said Ms. Dwyer. "It is another way for us to ensure that members of the Greater Waterbury area receive the essential items for the winter season."