Holy Spirit Catholic School students help out at St. Vincent de Paul

November 22, 2018

POCATELLO — Holy Spirit Catholic School students in grades two through eight held true to the school’s mission of “providing service to the community and responding to the needs of the larger community” by providing a day of service at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store.

“Each month, the students participate in a ‘faith day’ activity as a reward for good behavior,” said Polly Hennessy, the school’s vice principal of student affairs. “It brings the students together for a common purpose. This month, in celebration of Thanksgiving, our thoughts are with those who are less fortunate.”

The school’s mission coincides perfectly with St. Vincent de Paul — a local charity whose mission is to help poor and disadvantaged people and to offer them short term material support.

Store manager Beth Huston talked to the students about how the store accepts donations, which are sold at discounted prices to raise money for the charity. Winter clothing, toys, food and personal hygiene donations are also needed to help those in the community during the holiday season and all year long.

Some of the students brought food and toy donations in addition to doing work around the store such as cleaning, stocking shelves and organizing merchandise.

Third-grader Roger Melick was confident in his purpose for being there and eager to do his part, saying, “It’s important to help take care of people who are less fortunate.”

His classmate Lilly Bielenberg agreed, saying, “I have been in this store before but it has been fun and educational to learn how the store helps people.”

Hennessy said that the “community service day” at St. Vincent de Paul has become an annual event that is enjoyed and appreciated by all.

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