The Advent season is now upon us. The Webster dictionary states, “Advent is an arrival; the coming of Christ into the world.” It is also a time when we look at those less fortunate and in need and help them in as many ways as possible.
The students and teachers at Norwalk Catholic School have been a helping hand in the community and beyond for many years. Their Thanksgiving canned food collection for those in need begins the Advent season lighting the way for more projects during the season.
I would like to share with you what NCS students are doing and invite you to help them should they come knocking at your door or participate by dropping an item off to one of the school offices.
• The Early Childhood Center is collecting non-perishable food items that will be donated to the St. Mary food bank. In addition, the students are filling mission banks for the Holy Childhood Association and the 3- and 4-year-olds are collecting children’s books to donate to Fisher-Titus Medical Center.
• The elementary students are collecting money for what they call the “Holiday Ham” program. The monies will be used to purchase a processed freezer ready “whole hog” to be donated to the Salvation Army. Individual classes are involved in the following: Spanish classes are collecting diapers and children’s clothing for an orphanage in Costa Rica; first-graders are writing letters and sending cards to active military personnel as well as the soldiers who live at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky; fourth-graders are donating Happy Birthday Jesus items to Abigail Pregnancy Center and ministering to a shut-in via the parish giving tree, sixth-graders are involved with collecting snack items that will be donated to for the chemotherapy patients at Fisher-Titus Medical Center and second and sixth grades are supporting the family of a seventh-grade boy who has cancer.
• The students at St. Paul High will be adopting two families for Christmas and each religion class will take on a service project which will be complete for Christmas.
It is easy for children to be caught up in all the presents they receive on Christmas. Giving service is a great way to help children to remember the true meaning of Christmas. Norwalk Catholic School wishes the Norwalk Community a blessed Advent season.
Walt Klimaski is president of Norwalk Catholic School.