CJ Community Helping Hurricane Harvey Victims

As Chaminade Julienne students, faculty, staff and friends celebrated the first all-school Mass of the new school year, school chaplain Fr. Bob Jones inspired the CJ community with the new phrase #bethechangeCJ. This comes on the heels of last year's phrase, #bemercyCJ.

Prior to the Mass, students in the FLIGHT (Faith Leaders in God’s Hands Today) group brainstormed ways they could be the change and reflected on how the CJ community might help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The group decided to take a three-pronged approach:

Before Friday, September 1, the CJ community is encouraged to contribute cases of water and bring them to the school's Welcome Center. The cases will be taken to Sinclair Community College which is working with the Dayton Foodbank to collect a semi full of water cases to be taken to the Houston area.

During the week of September 5, contributions will be collected to support a charity working in the affected flood area. FLIGHT members are researching which organization will receive the contributions.

FLIGHT members also said they are aware of future hardships the Houston area may encounter, and will continue researching other ways to raise awareness throughout the school year.

"As Fr. Bob mentioned in his homily this morning, the Gospel calls us to be people of compassion," Kelli Kinnear, Director of Ministry & Service noted. "Collecting bottled water - a basic necessity of life - is one small way we can help our brothers and sisters caught in the devastation of Hurricane Harvey."

Posted August 30, 2017