The Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board is extending an invitation to the surrounding community: in a campaign dubbed “Giving in the Light of Christ”, residents from all backgrounds are welcomed to join students and staff in supporting local organizations that serve those less fortunate.
Reasons to get involved are plentiful and diverse. Projects underway include toy and gift drives for the Salvation Army, Angel Tree and Huron County Christmas Bureau; food collection for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and the collection of gift cards for distribution to the neediest of families across the region.
In their continued support of those affected by the Goderich disaster, schools across the Huron-Perth Catholic Board are also appealing for gifts, food and funds at a variety of Advent and Christmas events hosted by area Catholic schools.
Martha Dutrizac, Director of Education with the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board, is optimistic about the opportunity to build partnerships of giving across Huron and Perth Counties.
“We are invited to embrace the next four weeks as an opportunity to help transform advent into a journey of faith, to open our hearts and our doors to support our communities,” says Dutrizac. She adds that while outreach efforts are an important and ongoing tradition within each Catholic school, the Board is extending a widespread invitation for community involvement for the first time this year.
In order to build support for the 2011 campaign radio spots will direct area residents to a new website (www.huronperthcatholic.ca) with details about individual collection programs hosted by each school, while the latest campaign developments will be shared via Facebook and Twitter.
Along with the collection campaign, students are spreading seasonal joy by performing at local nursing homes and painting Christmas scenes in the windows of local businesses. The Board is also inviting the community to attend Advent and Christmas services at the Board’s affiliated churches.
“In the season of Advent we turn our attention to reflect on how we might continue to focus on renewal, and finding new ways to give ‘life’ through acts of love and justice,” says Dutrizac. “Giving to our community is a way to help the good news of Christmas linger long after the packages are opened.”