Mount St. Mary Academy’s Serve Club is off to a busy – and successful – start to the school year.

A drive for personal care items for St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy was the club’s first effort, with more than 500 items collected from students and faculty. Next up was a collection of hygiene items for residents of Buffalo’s Haven House in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“We are so happy with the success of this drive,” said Mount St. Mary senior Grace Bargnesi. “Given everything going on, we weren’t sure what to expect, but we’re really happy with the results.”

Bargnesi and fellow senior Morgan Feyko are beginning their fourth year in MSM’s Serve Club and worked together to lead the personal care items drive.

“We know how hard the pandemic has been on many area families, so we thought this would be a way we could help them,” Feyko explained.

The group is also making blankets for “Wrapped in Love,” which provides blankets to terminally ill children.

Serve Club moderator and MSM teacher Danielle Burns-Heim isn’t surprised by the enthusiastic support the students’ efforts have received. “I’m proud of our students and faculty for stepping up and helping others at a time when it’s really needed,” she said.

Serve Club’s next project is its reimagined annual food drive. The group will be hosting a “Fill The Bus” collection of non-perishable food items on Nov. 12 and 13 after school in the front circle to benefit St. Luke’s.


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