Donors to Catholic Charities Celebration of Giving may be down this year, but Trinity High school remains consistent. A school with under 600 students will collect 800 toys for needy children.
Students at Trinity High School took on over 800 requests for toys for children, whose parents are clients of Catholic Charities who are in need of a miracle this holiday season.
Trinity has participated in Catholic Charities Toy Shower program for five years.
The seniors class led the all school toy drive. They share with their classmates ways that they can help give, such as by giving up their Starbucks for a week to purchase toys for less fortunate children.
Pam Costello, senior class moderator at Trinity for the senior Toy Shower Committee explains that five years ago Trinity began fulfilling specific wishes for those in need and developed what has become the new tradition.
After the presentation, the students reviewed trees and picked an angel with the wishes of a child on them. They took as many as they would like. The drive is highly organized and all of the angels are recorded so they track who takes what and when gifts should arrive making sure all of the wishes are granted.
The students pile gifts up and send them down to Catholic Charities where they will be inspected, sorted, and distributed to over 21,000 of Catholic Charities clients who are in need of help this holiday season. Since 1917 Catholic Charities has been assisting those in need, regardless of faith, age, ethnicity or background with the goal to bring hope to the hopeless in the City of Chicago and its suburbs
“The senior students are a wonderful example of how we can be active participants in sharing and leaders in developing more participation in service and giving to Catholic Charities,” Micheal McDonnell, volunteer coordinator for Catholic Charities said.
“There is a tremendous shortfall in donors and we’re praying that many people will find it in their hearts to give generously this year. So many of the neediest families and children are counting on us,” Monsignor. Michael M. Boland, president CEO, administrator Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago said.
Over the past five years, they estimate filling over 3,550 wishes by their student body. Initially they began with only 350 wishes and quickly grew to 800. The student body at Trinity averages 500-550 students.