Saturday, October 24, 2015 marked the first EVER All School Canned Food Drive at Bishop Donahue High School. Students, parents, and staff members canvassed the neighborhoods of Benwood and McMechen to collect approximately 4,000 cans and non-perishable food items.
This project was operated in conjunction with Center McMechen Elementary, where a food pantry was established 2013 by a then 3 year old Noah Grigsby and his family. Noah is now in Kindergarten and countless families have been fed through one little boy’s dream of making sure all of his friends have enough to eat.
On Tuesday, October 13th, 20 BDHS National Honor Society members partnered with the 4th and 5th graders of Center McMechen Elementary to distribute the bags for the Canned Food Drive. Both schools also shared the duties of stapling the informational flyers describing the Canned Food Drive to the bags. Hopefully this is a partnership in service among the two schools that will last well into the future.
This is just one way in which the Bishops are living out the Marks of a Marist Student: by being a spirit-filled members of family and community, of being student leaders, and acting as agents of justice and service.
Plans are already underway to join with All Saints Catholic School in April to do the same sort of project in Moundsville and all the food will go to benefit Catholic Charities 18th Street Neighborhood Center in Wheeling.