Students give the gift of warmth

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Students helping others prepare for winter and mittens are being used to warm spirits.

The trees are up, but you may notice some unusual ornaments. Students at Saint Anne Pacelli Catholic School are collecting mittens to hang on their trees. They will then be given to the Saint Anne community outreach, a ministry that provides food, clothing, and financial assistance to those in poverty.

“We just really couldn’t provide a lot of the services that we do without the school.”

Katie Byers is the school’s director of community outreach. She says the school plays a vital role in meeting the needs of the community.

“One-hundred percent of our financial donations go directly to food and  assistance for rent and utilities. So anything else like clothing, that’s all donated by the community, and most of that comes from the school.”

A school filled with students, learning a life lesson at a young age. It’s not about getting its about giving.

“The students are just, they’re proud to do it. There’s no reward, there’s no pizza party, there’s no incentive, it’s just giving back and doing what’s right.”

And doing what’s right feels good.

“That’s always been a part of my life for 13 years so hopefully I’ll just naturally carry that on after high school.”

“If you would like to donate any items, they can be dropped of here between Monday and Thursday.”

Another program called “Stockings for Seniors” is also underway at Pacelli. Students collect items like tissues and crossword puzzles to donate to senior citizens at Saint Francis Hospital.

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