*From Providence eVision – April 26, 2017*
With the change in service hour parameters now requiring students to serve organizations outside of school, the number of students participating in Deanery service opportunities is gaining attention. On Good Friday, more than 60 of our students participated in the Holy Family Food Fast and Shantytown to help build their awareness of homelessness and hunger in our community. WHAS 11 TV did a brief news story on the event, which included sleeping outside in cardboard boxes, fasting for 24 hours and delivering meals and Easter baskets to the needy.
Sophomore Thomas Gaines, a member of Holy Family parish, took part in some of the events, including building cardboard box homes for the group to sleep in. He said he signed up because he was interested in the activities, especially sleeping in the boxes overnight, but he had to leave early because he had a big track meet the next day. Still, he learned about some of the struggles of those less fortunate and “that it takes a lot of effort to keep the school grounds clean from waste,” he said.
Junior Jessica Lancaster, a member of Holy Family parish, said she wanted to take part because it was a new experience. It also helped that her friends were attending, but she also liked that it was for a good cause. She attended with her brother, Alex, a freshman, and got a lot out of it.
“I had never slept in a box outside or even fasted for 24 hours,” Jessica said. “During this experience, I was reminded of how nice it is to sleep in my own bed. I also realized how lucky I am to have parents that provide food and shelter for me. I think my favorite project was filling the boxes with food and loading them up into people’s cars. I think, one day, when I am older, I would love to help deliver food to people’s homes for Easter.”