Mount St. Mary Academy’s service group, Serve Club, wrapped up its annual holiday food drive on Friday. From 8 until about 9 a.m., about 70 students packed up a truck full of food in the school’s front circle that was taken to St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy to help feed our WNY neighbors this winter.

The effort to collect nonperishable food items began on Friday, Nov. 1 with the school’s Feast of All Saints Liturgy, lasted through Thanksgiving and ends just before the students head into Christmas break. The school community collected nearly 10,000 nonperishable food items to be donated this year.

Serve Club also simultaneously held its annual shoebox and coat drives this winter to support various shelters and organizations. Almost 300 shoeboxes filled with toys and gifts as well as several pieces of winter outerwear were collected throughout December and sent off to those in need on Friday.

Service is a key part of the mission at Mount St. Mary Academy. Our students learn the joy of compassion and generosity not only in the classroom, but out in the world. They celebrate the love that is held in the school community and the love that pours out into the community from within it this Christmas season.

On Dec. 4, 24 Mount St. Mary Academy students participated in a full day of service that culminated in making over 800 gifts for local children. These students and a handful of MSM teachers who are all part of the school’s Serve Club prepared Christmas gifts for children who were signed up at St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy the week before.

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