With the donations from previous Food Fest Friday collections, Compassion Connection was able to make 120 turkey and cheese sandwiches for Lamp Ministries. Lamp Ministries ministers to the materially poor in NY City through Catholic evangelization. Thank you Compassion Connection for helping Lamp feed the hungry. And thank you being an example for others this Advent season!
Our Service Spotlight for this week is on Marina Siskos. Marina works as an assistant at Zoodohos Peghe Orthodox Church in the Sunday School Program. When asked to describe her service, Marina said, "I have learned that teaching kids about God is fun and enjoyable."
On December 3, the National Honor Society sponsored a Potluck to raise money for the National Autism Association. At this event, the National Honor Society was able to raise $360.
All proceeds from the Potluck and sale of Autism Awareness bracelets will be donated to this association. Thank you to all those who came and supported!
For years, Compassion Connection has been donating boxes of little gifts through Operation Christmas Child. This is a project of Samaritan's Purse through which people share God's love with children in need through gift-filled shoe boxes. (Last year over 11 million such shoe boxes were collected.) Members of Compassion Connection were able to fill 20 shoe boxes with toys, gloves, crayons, bath products, and other necessities. This holiday season, let's give compassion to those who need us the most!
After four weeks of resisting the razor, No Shave November is officially over! With the help of the Preston community and other donors, Mr. Carneiro, Mr. Pipchinski, Mr. Teemsma, Mr. Edelstein, and Mr. Youngren surpassed their goal and were able to raise $715 for cancer research. Thank you very much for all of your donations. Let's continue to raise cancer awareness and educate others about preventative measures.
To show compassion to those in need this Christmas season, Italian Club made winter packages for Lamp Ministries. (Lamp ministers to the homeless in NY City.)
Each bag included hats, scarves, gloves, candy, and letters in Italian and English from members of the Italian Club. With these items, the Italian Club was able to help 15 families with children and parents. Thank you Italian Club for always offering your time and service to those in need!
This week's Service Spotlight is on Antonia Paturzo. At St. Theresa, Antonia is an assistant coach for the cheerleading team. In describing her service, Antonia said, "Doing my service at my old elementary school, St. Theresa, has allowed me to teach young children the fundamentals of sports and has helped me to get more involved in both the school and neighborhood communities." Thank you, Antonia, for your service!
Every year, Compassion Connection hosts the Big Sister Little Sister Thanksgiving Party. Big Sister Little Sister is an after school program sponsored by Preston Center of Compassion, in which 16 third graders from P.S. 72 in the Bronx are paired with 16 juniors from Preston High School. These juniors act as big sisters and mentors to the little girls by helping them with their homework along with doing fun activities.
At this year's party, the Bigs and Littles enjoyed home-made Thanksgiving-themed baked goods and participated in a variety of activities ranging for Thanksgiving sticker posters to Turkey Kahoot.
To top off the festivities, each little sister received a frozen turkey and a package of food for their families to be able to celebrate Thanksgiving. Thank you to all those who contributed. These packages definitely made the little girls very happy!
In honor of the giving season, Preston's Spanish Honor Society made Thanksgiving baskets for 30 families of Santa Maria Parish. For many years now, the Spanish Honor Society has maintained a close relationship with Santa Maria and annually gives donations to them.These packages included turkeys, stuffing, soup, and canned vegetables and fruit from Preston's Thanksgiving Food Drive. Thank you Spanish Honor Society for taking the time and energy to create these packages to warm others' hearts during the Thanksgiving holiday!
This week’s Service Spotlight is on Leah Chin. Leah is an Admissions Intern at Preston. As an Admissions Intern, Leah helps manage the book store and attends events that advertise Preston to local elementary and middle schools. When asked to describe her service, Leah said, “I’m an admissions intern who helps talk to girls about coming to our school and I work the bookstore. It’s an amazing way to give back to Preston and help in any way that I can!”