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Mount St. Mary Academy’s service group, Z Club, is kicking off its Season of Sharing Drive in November. Between Nov. 1 and Nov. 20, students will be collecting food, recyclables and warm clothes to help support and care for our neighbors this winter.

Canned goods and other nonperishable food items are being collected for community Thanksgiving meals. This year’s donations will stock the shelves for the winter at St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, St. Francis Parish, St. John’s Food Pantry and Buffalo City Mission. Students are asked to each bring in one canned good to the school’s All Saints Day Liturgy on Nov. 1 to help start the program and five food items each on Nov. 26 as a homeroom activity.

For every 10 food items donated by an individual, that person will receive one raffle ticket to win a variety of prizes including gift cards to the Regal or AMC Cinema, Panera, Tim Hortons and Tony Walker. Donations can be brought in to the school’s main office.

The students are also collecting empty bottles and will use the returns to purchase more food items for the drive. Empty bottles can be recycled in designated bins in the Academic Learning Center and in room 107.

Winter coats, hats, gloves and other cold weather accessories are also being collected at Mount St. Mary. The Z Club students will donate these items to Colvin Cleaners’ Coats 4 Kids program, which supports Ken-Ton Closet.

We strongly believe giving back to our friends and neighbors in the Western New York community is a perfect way to thank God for all He has done for us.

Contact Mrs. Michelle Grabowski or Mrs. Danielle Burns-Heim with any questions.

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