Across Canada, our news feeds are being dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We pray for the country and all those affected by the crisis.
While paying close attention to the ever-changing news updates, we have come across incredible stories of Catholic schools helping their local communities in this crisis.
Here are a few of our favourites:
Edmonton Catholic Schools staff assemble food hampers
At times like these, food insecurity can become a major concern for low income and vulnerable sectors of the community. Staff members from the Edmonton Catholic Schools joined (at a safe distance) to put together hampers for the less fortunate. Through this initiative, they assembled 286 hampers for families in need.
Using 3D printers to create personal protective equipment
The need for personal protective equipment (PPE) in hospitals, clinics and shelters continues to grow. In response to their community’s need, the Ottawa Catholic School Board has transformed their Board Office cafeteria into a 3D print shop! Thirteen large printers are being used to produce PPEs for donation to local healthcare organizations.
Bags for healthcare workers
Brothers Andre and Adrian, who attend school at the Calgary Catholic School Board, are helping their grandmother sew scrub bags for healthcare workers. After a long shift, healthcare workers use the drawstring bags to transport their scrubs. By throwing the entire bag and its contents in the washing machine together, it prevents the spread of germs. The brothers’ initiative has started a province-wide movement!
Help for Australia
Before COVID-19 hit the headlines, the world watched with sorrow as wildfires swept across Australia. The students of Durham Catholic District School Board responded to the call of stewardship in solidarity with the Australian people. Last week, they announced that they raised over $12,000 for Australian Relief Fund!
Physical education class partnership with YMCA
Communities around the country have also stepped up to support our students. One great example of this is the partnership between Wellington Catholic District School Board and Guelph YMCA. The YMCA is providing online physical education resources and classes to students in self isolation.
Although the news has carried many disheartening stories, it is soothing to see the innovative partnerships between Catholic schools, students and community members to meet the current societal challenges.
We commend all of our partners who continue to live out our Catholic values of solidarity for the common good and stewardship.
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*Photo courtesy and used with permission from the OCSB*