SOUTH PORTLAND---Boxes, bags, and baskets of food were placed in the front of Holy Cross Church on November 22, the culmination of a three-week food drive conducted by the students of Holy Cross School in South Portland.
The items had been collected in the classrooms of the school over the course of the food drive and were brought to the church for a morning prayer service on Tuesday. So much food was gathered during the initiative that some of the classrooms were forced to bring only a few cans to the service to represent their much larger collections which were too big to bring over from the school to the church.
“One of the things we see every day with these kids is that they are really aware of the gifts that they have,” said Bill Ridge, a teacher at Holy Cross. “They work really hard to share whatever they have with the rest of the community. It’s an appreciation of the many gifts they have and being able to give back to people they know don’t have as much. Thanksgiving is such a special time for them to do that.”
After the service, all of the food at the church, along with the items still at the school, were gathered together and delivered to the South Portland Food Cupboard, which provides food to people in need in South Portland, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth, and surrounding communities.
The organization is a regular recipient of the kindness of the Holy Cross community, and even draws assistance directly from students.
“Some of our seventh and eighth graders will go to the food cupboard and serve as ‘personal shoppers’ for those who need support,” said Ridge. “They go there and they see the people in need and come back inspired to help them here at the school. It’s great.”