Mar 2, 2014 / 04:00 pm
Students at St. Peter’s School in Washington, D.C., led a recent project to assemble 1,500 bagged breakfasts for those seeking refuge from the cold in homeless shelters around the city.
“It’s so important to understand that we have lots of blessings and gifts, and that’s why we need to share with other people that don’t have such opportunities,” said Maggie, an eighth grader helping lead the project.
She told CNA Feb. 27 that in her group, students ensured that “nobody got anything less than anyone else” by assigning people tasks. One student was named “granola girl,” another was “applesauce guy” and so forth, as they filled up the bags with breakfast items for the homeless.
The school-wide project was part of a larger venture organized by Catholic Charities. Entitled “Cup of Joe,” the initiative brings together volunteer groups to assemble healthy breakfasts for up to 1,300 men and women staying at Catholic Charities shelters every single night.
The meals are offered to those who stay at the shelters, particularly in the cold winter months, said Cup of Joe project coordinator Kevin O’Brien, explaining, “If they’re interested in taking breakfast, it’s available.”
While the bags assembled by St. Peter’s students contain typical items such as granola bars, applesauce, crackers and tea, O’Brien said that the students also decided to decorate their bags and include encouraging Bible verses and notes in both English and Spanish.
“They want to reach out to as many people as possible,” he explained. …
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