Over 20 students from St. Francis Xavier High School donated 200 “Life Bags”, clothing and hygiene products to The Salvation Army Ottawa Booth Centre this afternoon.
The students in grade 7, 11 and 12 arrived on school buses with “Life Bags” with food and treats to hand out to clients.
After helping a person experiencing homelessness near the Rideau Centre grade 11 students Abby and Ahmed decided they wanted to do more to help.
“My friend Ahmed had the idea that we should be supporting more people that are homeless with food, “said grade 11 student Abby. “I thought that we should also be collecting warm clothing and other essentials and our idea grew into something bigger.”
“We were just going to do something small and have bags with a sandwich and a juice box because we didn’t have any funding for the project,” said Ahmed. “But we spoke to our teacher Madame Oliviero about it and she thought it was a great idea and The Salvation Army was a great organization to support.”
Grade 11 World Religions Teacher Maria Oliviero says the Ottawa Catholic School Board stepped in and helped fund the project.
“We thought it would be a great experience for the students, not only to donate to the shelter, but experience being here and interacting with those they are serving,” said Maria. “The students learned a lot and it was really eye opening for a lot of people.”
Maria says they would like to make this a tradition with their students and continue to find ways to support those in need.
“We are so grateful to the students at St. Frances Xavier for their generosity and for putting smiles on people’s faces today,” said Ottawa Booth Centre Executive Director Marc Provost, “Donations such as these mean a lot to us and to those we serve.”