Photo courtesy of St. Alphonsus

St. Alphonsus students give to food bank, Community Service Center in Burlington

It's the season of giving, and one group of students from St. Alphonsus Parish School gave a lot this past weekend.

On Saturday, Dec. 8, students made a journey up to Burlington to give their time, talent and "treasure" to the folks who use the services of St. Charles Parish Food Bank and Community Service Center. Students collected toiletries, hats and gloves, small toys and schools supplies to put in Christmas stockings for the children of mostly migrant workers.

The day is called "One Saturday." It's to teach students what can be done with just one day: the lives they can change and uplift, even if for just a moment. The entire school gets on board for the day.

"One of the favorite activities this year however, was helping the recipients’ children fill their stockings with all the items the St. Al’s kids brought just for that purpose," wrote Selina Innes, principal of St. Alphonsus. "The smiles and happy faces were a great reward for all the hard work and planning."

One St. Alphonsus parent, Misty Nordale, had this to say:

"One Saturday was another wonderful experience. I had the pleasure of ushering the kids out the door after they received their stockings -- and to see the smiles on their faces and wish them a very Merry Christmas! It warmed my heart on a chilly day up north!"

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