Preston's Italian Club continues to spread the love! Most recently, they made 15 "Valentine's Day Safety Packages" for the senior citizens of the Compassion Center's Senior Run Program. They consist of inspirational messages in Italian and in English, fashion masks, hand sanitizers, lip balms, and Godiva chocolate bars.
Thank you, Italian Club, for consistently reminding our school community that compassion matters!
February 17 was "Random Acts of Kindness Day."
Compassion Connection joined the world in spreading compassion through random loving acts. This word cloud shows a sampling of what students chose to do to spread kindness in a world that desperately needs it right now! Thank you, Compassion Connection, for being kind!
The Italian Honor Society is once again bringing their love to those in need. Students made 15 "Valentine's Day Toiletry Items Gift Packages" for women who are currently staying in shelters. The packages will be donated through LAMP Ministries. They include letters of inspiration in Italian and English, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, toothbrushes and toothpaste, hand sanitizers, tissue packs, and candles. Grazie, Italian Honor Society, for the heartfelt compassion you continually bring to the world!
Members of the Spanish Honor Society donated toiletries to make hygiene kits for POTS—an organization that works to serve homeless people in the Bronx. Members also wrote messages of encouragement in Spanish and English for each kit. Spanish Honor Society students were able to donate 71 hygiene kits and many other extra toiletries. Muchas Gracias to these generous students! Many needy New Yorkers will benefit from their compassion in the coming months!
Italian Honor Society continues to help the less fortunate in our community. This week, 14 Christmas packages were made and letters were written by members for those currently staying in a shelter. The packages include: new hats, gloves, scarves, candy bags and Christmas messages in Italian and in English. They will be delivered to LAMP Ministries this week. Then during the weekend, when Lamp ministers to those in our local Throggs Neck shelter, they'll be able to bring them a little Christmas cheer as well. Buon Natale!
The cold winter months are coming and there are people in New York City who do not have the luxury of a heated home. So Compassion Connection made them blankets! Every student purchased fleece material (pattern of their own choice) and together on a Zoom meeting, students shaped edges and tassels into beautiful handmade blankets. Compassion Connection... making winter warmer for those in need... one blanket at a time!
The Italian Club is hard at work bringing Compassion to Preston Center of Compassion's Senior Run members. Students made "Christmas Safety Packages" - filled with candy, designer masks, hand sanitizers, and hand lotions, topped off with Italian and English Christmas messages!
Thank you, Italian Club for making the holiday season brighter for our senior citizens!
As we move into the season of Advent, over 70 shoe boxes were filled with gifts for the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child Collection. This worldwide endeavor provides gifts to over 10 million children across the globe. Students in CoCo participated in one of two ways. Hybrid students brought in boxes filled with little toys, school supplies, toiletries, stuffed animals, etc... While our remote students purchased and filled boxes directly through the Samaritan's Purse website. Giovanna Pirraglia even organized for her parish, St. Vincent de Paul, to donate 40 boxes! Talk about passing on Compassion!
In true Preston fashion, our Food Drive was a success! The school raised enough nonperishable food to donate to 3 organizations and a jaw-dropping $8577 in monetary donations.
Thanks to the incredible generosity of the Preston community, Compassion Connection was able to donate $1500 to the Center of Compassion (Fishes & Loaves Pantry) in Dover Plains NY, $1500 to Mercy Center (Food Pantry,) $1500 to St. Raymond's Church (Food Pantry,) $1500 to OLA Helping Hands Food Pantry, $1200 to Lamp Ministries, and $1377 to the Preston Center of Compassion in the Bronx.
Once again, Preston High School's compassionate generosity helped to make the holidays brighter for a whole lot of people!
Nonperishable foods collected in our Annual Food Drive have been picked up by St. Raymond's Pantry and Mercy Center Pantry. No Preston Food Drive is complete without our group photo in front of the pantry pickup truck. And this year is no different!
With 5 days left to our drive, we've collected 2 vehicle-fulls of food and are up to $6500 in monetary donations... Now two questions remain: Will we collect the remaining 2000 points we need to gain a day off from school? And which homeroom will win Food Drive 2020?