By Bradley Cusnier, Santiago Rodriguez and Emily Dupas
DEC 06, 2016
Thanksgiving is a time when people are grateful for the things that they have, but there are some that are not as fortunate, which is why on Wednesday November 23, the Saint Thomas Aquinas High School (STA) senior class took part in the annual Thanksgiving Basket Drive. Seniors headed out into the community to donate baskets to those families who are in need of a little bit of help during the Thanksgiving season.
At the start of the week, seniors brought in goods for their baskets, as well as other essential items to brighten holidays. Senior Class President Kate McSoley said, “Being able to come together as a class, to give back to those who are in need in our community, and knowing we helped these families have a more enjoyable holiday was truly amazing and something I”ll never forget. I am so glad that I could be a part of it.”
Students took the time before Wednesday to decorate their baskets with plastic wrap, basket grass, balloons, and anything else they thought was festive. On delivery day, Mass was said by Monsignor Kelly and each of the baskets was blessed before the seniors embarked on their journey. Once the blessing of the baskets concluded, seniors filed out of the gym. Before they could leave, they had to pick up frozen turkeys to deliver to their designated families.
Once each group of seniors had completed their delivery, they were told to report back to school and meet with their theology teacher to confirm that they succeeded in delivering the baskets. After that, they were free to leave school and start the holiday.
STA’s basket drive has continued to be a huge success over the past several years. STA’s junior class is really looking forward to next year, when they get the chance to follow in the senior’s footsteps and help the local community.