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Lasallians Show Giving Spirit at Christmas

Lasallians Region-wide demonstrated their giving spirit by helping those in need this Christmas season. Here are just some of the ways Lasallians made a difference in the lives of others.

-Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, OK provided gifts for those in need. Students, faculty, and administrators also worked to write cards for every service member deployed in the Middle East.

-Students at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, PA raised money to buy winter coats, hats and gloves for the 69 students who attend De La Salle Blackfeet School in Browning, MT. Students came up with the idea for the collection after visiting the Montana school on immersion trips and discovering the need.

-Seniors at De La Salle Collegiate High School in Warren, MI delivered more than 100 boxes of food and 100 boxes of toys/gifts to the St. Jude Food Pantry as part of the school’s Adopt-a-Family project. The students dropped off toys and gifts to McRest as well.

-De La Salle Institute in Chicago, IL helped Chicago firefighters put together bikes for Catholic Charities of Chicago to give to less fortunate children.

-La Salle Academy in Providence, RI helped 50 families through its Adopt-A-Family program.

-With the help of in-kind donations from local businesses, La Salle Catholic College Preparatory in Milwaukie, OR donated more than $7,000 in cash, gifts and household necessities for 37 families at Lot Whitcomb Elementary School. The families also received a box of jazz apples from La Salle High School in Yakima, WA.

-La Salle College High School in Wyndmoor, PA collected more than 1,100 gifts for the Operation Santa Claus program that serves under-privileged children in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. La Salle’s Secret Santa program raised more than $8,200 for gifts for patients being treated at Saint Christopher’s Hospital for Children.

-Working with another organization, La Salle High School in Pasadena, CA helped 139 children through its 17th annual Adopt-a-Family program. The project included a party with games, food, and Santa.

-Various student groups at La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA took part in charitable activities including collecting more than 550 cans of non-perishable food items for area food banks, collecting toys and gifts for families, hosting a Santa Pancake Breakfast for people with conditions like Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, and hosting parties for young students in the Neighborhood Tutor program.

-Students at Montini Catholic High School in Lombard, IL participated in the Joliet Diocesan Catholic Charities Adopt-a-Family Program by providing 28 families with food and gifts.

-Saint Patrick High School in Chicago, IL participated in the Walter Payton Toy Drive and collected 15 boxes of toys for Chicago area youth.

-Members of the Lasallian Youth Group and other students at St. Raymond High School for Boys in Bronx, NY volunteered at St. Anthony’s Soup Kitchen, which feeds between 150 and 300 people each week. One student dressed as Santa to help pass out toys to children. Separately, faculty and staff bought gifts for children of 9/11 first responders for the FealGood Foundation.

See pictures of the projects.

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