Last week, students of St. Elizabeth Faith Formation youth in grades 4-12 met their teachers and additional support personnel at Grove Wal-Mart to shop for 35 Delaware County youths.
Each student took a cart and a list and were responsible for selecting necessities first, then some fun things for each child. They kept track of their spending and everyone stayed right on budget - $2,800.00. They also purchased $1000.00 worth of merchandise for the elderly and disabled.
This last Wednesday, the students met to wrap all those gifts which were delivered to DHS the following day.
According to Director of Religious Education, Shonna Fletcher, this is just one of many projects these kids take part in.
“Each month, we have a service project. We started in September with caring for our church family by hosting a clean-up project for our church grounds. In October, we donated much-needed blankets to the Second Chance Pet Rescue of Grand Lake as a lesson in stewardship. In November, the kids pitched in and bought food to create three huge Thanksgiving dinner baskets complete with turkeys that were given to us and were in turn taken to DHS. Our December project again sees us meeting the needs of our local community with gifts,” says Fletcher. “We had great support with this endeavor from our local Knights of Columbus to our Women’s Guild, and all the parishioners who contributed to allow our youth this awesome opportunity.”
The beginning of the new year promises to bring new projects that will reach past Delaware County and into the region of the parish’s Diocese of Tulsa.
“It is good to see the children and young people putting their faith in action. We are called to be the hands and feet of Christ reaching out to help those in need. That is what we are doing," said Rev. Valerian Gonsalves, pastor of St. Elizabeth.