To be sure, the school community at Trinity High School in Camp Hill has been doing a food drive to help those in need in the greater Harrisburg area for many years.
This year, that visibly tangible generosity is no different, as the school collected more than 4,000 personal care items and some 300 lbs. of food stores that were loaded onto a moving truck from New Hope Ministries of Mechanicsburg – a Christian social service agency that shows the love of Christ by serving those in need in the community. The ministry helps some 2,000 area neighbors who need help, especially so in the coming holiday and looming cold seasons.
On November 22, students, faculty and administration gathered all the stores in the school’s hallways and transported the hundreds of boxes of personal care items, cleaning supplies and food items one by one outside, where they were loaded into a 40-foot moving truck. This year’s emphasis focused more so on personal care items, including diapers and paper products that needy families struggle to meet the cost.
Faulkner Automotive Group, which owns 25 dealerships in eastern Pennsylvania, is a proud sponsor of Trinity High School, and donated $5,000 to the school this month to help with the drive. Several representatives from Faulkner assisted with the loading of items onto the truck. Half of the monies donated by Faulkner will be shared by Trinity and go to New Hope Ministries to help them with the financial costs of their ministry. In addition, the school is also donating $500 to the St. Francis of Assisi Parish Soup Kitchen in Harrisburg to help them through the Christmas season.
Deacon Scott Root, Trinity’s campus minister, organized and collaborated with the school and businesses to pull together everything from collecting the items and arranging the needed help to get the generous collection of items to New Hope.
“As a school community, we are just grateful that we have been blessed and have the ability to help others,” Deacon Root said after all was loaded. “We want the community to understand that Trinity takes very seriously our call as a Catholic school that we are to be out in the community, not just in the school educating our students, but taking the love of Christ out into the community where there is need.”
(Photos by Chris Heisey, The Catholic Witness.)
By Chris Heisey, The Catholic Witness