Compassion Matters... Pass It On! 10-5-22
The Compassion Connection Club is back! The biggest club in Preston kicked off their first meeting of the school year with 140 sandwiches for the hungry ministered to by Lamp Ministries and 40 candy bags and 40 cards for senior citizens from the Preston Center of Compassion! We are so happy to be back and have a strong start! Exactly 100 students were in attendance. Let's go Compassion Panthers!
Compassion Matters... Pass It On! 10-4-22
On September 16th, the Preston High School community gathered in the gym to root for the Junior Varsity and Varsity volleyball panthers. Our volleyball players took on Maria Regina High School, in tribute to Amanda Tamburrino, Preston senior, who passed away on September 13th after her difficult battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Our Panthers ran a bake sale and collected entrance fees at the door. $3,411 were raised! In Amanda's memory, all of these proceeds will be donated to the Westchester Medical Center for Hodgkin's Lymphoma research. As students, faculty, family, and guests sported their best purple attire for Hodgkin's Lymphoma awareness, there was not a dry eye in the gym and there has never been a bigger sense of Panther pride in these hallways!
Throughout the month of December, the Gaelic Society will be hosting a Giving Tree. At their most recent meeting, club members made ornaments that listed items to donate (toiletries, undershirts, granola bars, etc...) These items will be donated to the Aisling Irish Community Center, for their weekly homeless outreach program, and to local Veterans Associations. Please consider donating to this worthy cause!
Thank you to all who donated to the Preston Food Drive. We surpassed our goal of 10,000 pounds and dollars by 4215! Preston collected 6986 lbs of non-perishable foods and $7229.
Compassion Connection was able to make the following donations to pantries and organizations:
-St. Anthony's Pantry - 1 van-full, 1 SUV-full
-St. Francis of Rome-St. Francis Assisi Pantry 1 SUV-full
-St. Raymond's Pantry - 1 pickup truck-full
-Center of Compassion Pantry in Dover Plains - $1500
-Mercy Center - $1500
-Preston Center of Compassion Little Sister families - 15 packages of food, each with a $50 gift card to Stop & Shop
-Preston Center of Compassion (families in need) - $1550
-Santa Maria Parish - 35 packages of non-perishable foods
-Lamp Ministries - $1600 & 15 packages
-Mary Clancy Foundation - Thanksgiving package donation - $250
Thank you to all who donated so generously to make so much compassion possible as we move into the holiday season!
Always a pleasure doing compassionate outreach projects with Preston alumnae! Pearl Marinas (Class of '20) visited Preston today - to pick up and deliver 35 packages of nonperishable foods (made by Compassion Connection) to Santa Maria parish. Pearl was a Compassion Connection co-president and the Compassion Panther who posted on this Compassion blog back in 2018-2019. Compassion matters... and she's still passing it on!
Over the course of the last two club meetings, the members of Compassion Connection put together 275 turkey and cheese sandwiches. They were delivered to Lamp Ministries, who distributed them to the homeless and hungry of New York City. Go Compassion Panthers!
Operation Christmas Child is a project annually coordinated by Samaritan's Purse. It provides children with Christmas gifts in a shoe box - filled with toys, school supplies, toiletries, etc... The boxes are filled with 5-10 items and are labeled with the age range of the intended gifts, and whether they are meant for a boy or girl. These boxes are sent to children all around the world. The Compassionate Panthers of Preston have donated around 30 boxes this year!
Preston's annual Food Drive is in full swing. In just 4 weeks, our panthers have collected over 4134 pounds of food and $3322! That's almost three-quarters of the way to our goal of 10,000 pounds/dollars! Food pantries have already started coming to pick up food. Packages for various organizations are in the process of being made. If you would like to donate to Preston’s Food Drive, please click here!
Food Fest Friday!
Every Friday, Compassion Connections holds an FFF, or a Food Fest Friday collection. We collect spare change during lunch and give out lollipops as a thank you to those who donate. With this money, we send donations to different charities that feed the hungry. In just 3 Food Fest Friday's, we have collected $107.50! Our first donation will be to Lamp Ministries.
Preston's Compassion Connection Is Back In Action!!
After an EXTREMELY long 18 months, Compassion Connection has finally met again in person with record-breaking numbers! For our first meeting of the year, 134 students attended, beating typical first club meeting attendance by 40 students! To welcome everyone back, we did what we do best - we made sandwiches. Being able to come together again after such a long time has truly brought the compassion out in our club members. Students were all so excited to be back in room 100 together again. We made over 325 sandwiches, which were then picked up by Lamp Ministries to be distributed to the hungry on the streets of the Bronx and Manhattan.
Six Compassion Connection students are volunteering with an organization called Luv Michael. "Luv Michael advocates for autism acceptance and supports meaningful and fulfilling lives for adults with autism." Sophomore Charlotte Dagostino said, "Being a part of the Luv Michael has truly been an eye-opening experience. My mother has a background in teaching special education children. It feels good to know I am doing something good for the less fortunate." Freshman Rhiannon Hiney has already raised $432 to support this amazing organization! Students like sophomore Amanda Tamburrino are working to spread adult autism awareness and to raise money for this organization that gives job opportunities to autistic adults, working in their Granola company. Thank you, Compassion Connection, for your efforts with this worthy cause.
The Sisters of Divine Compassion hold a very special place in the hearts of Preston students. Compassion Connection's latest project involved reaching out to these sisters - precisely to let them know how grateful we at Preston are, for all they've done to lay the foundation of the school we have today. 18 students wrote handwritten personalized letters to the most elderly in the Divine Compassion community. Others in the club made handmade Easter ornaments. Every sister received a package with ornaments and chocolates to bring her a little bit of Spring, in anticipation of the coming Easter!