Monthly Archives: March 2017

#MaristDayOfService….. “Doing Good is Good to Do”

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 is a day that will not soon be forgotten by the Marist family and the communities that are served by them.  In celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the founding of the Marist Brothers by St. Marcellin Champagnat, the Marist National Day of Service was held both in the US and abroad.  There are 13 high schools in the U.S. either founded by the Marists or that live out the Marist charism.   Bishop Donahue HS happens to be one of those High Schools in the Marist tradition.


The theme of “Doing Good is Good to Do” has been heralded as the hallmark of this amazing day of service.  Nationwide and in Europe, Marist students and Marist faculty performed a variety of acts of service like:  cleaning up community parks, tutoring, preparing care packages, preparing bag lunches, blood drives, pennies for patients, preparing 100,000 meals for Feed My Starving Children, Habitat for Humanity, and the list goes on and on.  As part of this effort, Bishop Donahue students, staff, and faculty took advantage of the beautiful weather and conducted a Canned Food Drive throughout the towns of Benwood and McMechen.   Bishop Donahue truly lived out “ENTER to learn Christ….EXIT to serve Christ” as a family throughout this effort.


The Bishop Donahue family not only collected canned foods, but also Fr. Bekeh helped us bless the BISHOP DONAHUE BLESSINGS BOX which is standing in front of St. James Church across from our school.  The concept of the BLESSINGS BOX was brought to Mr. Wise’s attention by the West family who have children at BDHS.  The West’s are also responsible for the construction and erection of the BISHOP DONAHUE BLESSINGS BOX.  A big thank you goes out to them for helping us do good.


In May 2016, in Arkansas, the concept of little free pantries was born.  This movement is sweeping across America as a way for neighbors to help neighbors who are having a difficult time making ends meet.  The box is placed in a fixed location, people who are able to, stock it with non-perishable items, and people who are in need of these items can help themselves to it.  Whether a supplier or a recipient of what the BISHOP DONAHUE BLESSINGS BOX provides, everyone encounters it in the same manner, without the shame that sometimes accompanies being in need.   Go to for more information about this nation-wide movement started to address food insecurity issues in our communities.    


 The front of the BISHOP DONAHUE BLESSINGS BOX reads “Take What You Need…..Leave What You Can.”  Initially, it will be stocked with the food collected from the Benwood-McMechen canned food drive held on March 29.  After that, it is up to the local community to keep it stocked for those in need.  At mass, which was celebrated after Fr. Bekeh’s blessing, Mr. Wise encouraged all those in attendance to refill the pantry–for those going off to college, for those still in the area–put a couple of cans in to help those who need it.


A major part of the Marist National Day of Service has been the distribution of $200,000.00 donated by graduates of some Marist High Schools.  There were three projects all participants were asked to vote on sometime today, they were:  1.  Refugee and Migrant Children, 2.  Displaced and Vulnerable Children, and 3.  Unreached and Underserved Poor Children.  BDHS students cast their votes to determine  how the $200,000.00 is allocated.   The scope of March 29  is far-reaching indeed!


To see what’s trending about the Marist National Day of Service, check out #MaristDayOfService on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.  BDHS students and faculty have posted throughout the day in addition to all the participating Marist schools.





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B.D. Celebrates Marist Brothers 200th Anniversary and National Day of Service with Community Food Drive

Bishop Donahue High School is sponsoring a Canned Food Drive for Benwood-McMechen as part of the Marist National Day of Service. This year’s theme for Marist National Day of Service is “Doing Good is Good to Do.” Marists schools and communities from all over America will also be doing service on this day.  

On Tuesday, March 21, the entire student body will participate in a Bag Drop for the canned food drive.  All residents of McMechen and Benwood will be given a heavy duty paper bag in which they can donate food.   

The canned food drive pick-up will be on Wednesday, March 29, from 12:30 to 1:30.. Also on the 29th, we will erect a LITTLE FREE PANTRY near the school. LITTLE FREE PANTRY is a nationwide movement which began in May of 2016 in Arkansas. This is the first LITTLE FREE PANTRY in this area. The LITTLE FREE PANTRY will be able to serve this local community for years to come. Go to to find out more. Students, faculty, and staff will also celebrate mass, attend the blessing of our new community pantry, and  share videos/pictures on social media with other Marist service activity projects taking place nation-wide on March 29.

The pantry, a gift to the community from the students of Bishop Donahue, will help serve those in need for many years to come.  All members of the McMechen-Benwood community are encouraged to assist with the stocking of the pantry in the months and years to come.  We hope that community members will “Take what they need and Leave what they can”. Our students continue to serve the least favored by “Entering to Learn Christ and Exiting to Serve Christ.”

A True “Hero” Visits B.D. Student Body

Nearly two years since her last visit to B.D.H.S., 4 year old Abby McGowan returned to our school. She brought her mom, Melissa and sisters, Rees(Theresa) and Josie, and Grandma Kim (Kreitzer). Wheelchair bound two years ago, Abby is now running and playing games with her little sisters. Abby was born with Pfeiffer Syndrome (a craniofacial syndrome) and she has successfully undergone many surgeries and procedures already in her young life.

The B.D. family has supported Abby and her family for the past 4 years holding them up in daily prayer and making cards & prayer chains for her hospital stays. She led our entire student body in the Pledge of Allegiance. Please join our students as we continue to pray for the McGowan family and for continued good health and progress.

Abby has invited the Bishop Donahue students and faculty to submit entries for a Design-a-T-shirt contest for “Born a Hero.” “Born a Hero” is a non-profit organization created to support individuals and families affected by Pfeiffer Syndrome. Melissa is Pennsylvania’s state representative for this organization. Abby will choose the winning entry (with her mom’s guidance, of course). Then these T-shirts will be for sale to raise funds for the work of “Born a Hero.” March 8, 2017 is the deadline to submit entries either by email or a hard copy to Mrs. Granato.