Our small school in rural Illinois at the southern edge of the diocese does a lot of big things to help our community.
For example, our local ministerial association packs food boxes for needy families in our community with the help of many community members. This school year we challenged our 152 students to bring in a literal ton of food: 2,000 pounds. To sweeten the deal, each class competed to see which could bring in the most weight per student. Since our class sizes range from nine to 24, it was the only fair way. After only three short weeks, our students and their families brought in 2,856 pounds of non-perishable food. Our fifth-grade class of only 18 brought in over 700 pounds!
As 2 Corinthians 9:11 says, “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” Throughout the year and especially during the Advent season we talk a lot about how lucky we are at St. Thomas. God has blessed us, so we must share it with others.