Before counting their own blessings on Thanksgiving, students will help those in need by participating in the annual Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, November 13-20.
"Over the years, I have participated in Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week; however, I never realized how much of an impact those donations truly make on the lives of the people who benefit from them," said Kiara DiLoreto '18. "Knowing that the CJ community goes out of its way to help the greater community in such a direct way means so much to me, because it allows for everyone to get involved and play a role in helping others. I am proud to be a part of the CJ community because I feel as though we as a school are truly making a difference, which inspires others to do the same."
The Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week theme this year is SOUPer Challenge and connects to the school's overall theme this year, #bethechangeCJ. First period classes are divided into four groups, each represented by one superhero.
This year's Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is unique because food items contributed will be constructed into a structure designed by DiLoreto and Megan Schultz ‘18 as part of an assignment they did in the Civil Engineering and Architecture class.
"When I heard that we would be designing a canstruction model, I was beyond excited," DiLoreto shared. "What better way to get students excited to donate, and what more creative way to display the goods that will later be donated? I feel honored to be helping with this special design, and can't wait to see the difference CJ has made in a unique and new way."
Items suggested to be brought throughout Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week include:
- Monday (11/13) and Tuesday (11/14): non-perishable food items (black cans: black olives, beans, etc.; red cans: Campbell’s soup, tomatoes, etc.; short red cans: tuna; orange cans: carrots, peaches, etc.; yellow cans: corn, peaches, etc.)
- Wednesday (11/15): monetary contributions
- Thursday (11/16): students may choose to fast and help pack lunches for the hungry during lunch
- Friday (11/17): small warm weather clothing items, such as new socks, gently used/new hats and mittens, scarves, etc.
- Monday (11/20) toiletries and miscellaneous (bring toiletry items: soap, toothpaste, shampoo, etc. or any of the above to help the hungry and homeless).
"By participating in Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, I feel as though I am contributing not only to the community but to the school itself," DiLoreto reflected. "I hope to be a good role model to all of the students- if they see me participating with a positive attitude, I hope that the message will carry across. Getting others excited to give to those in need is something I can't wait to do during the upcoming week, because I feel that this is just one way that we, as Christians, are being called to spread the Kingdom of God. "
Posted November 10, 2017