St. Francis High School Canned Food Drive: Service Those Less Fortunate

St. Francis is pleased to announce that it will be kicking off its annual Canned Food Drive on Thursday, November 1, 2012. Each year the St. Francis family partners with the local community to collect canned food for our sister parish, St. Lawrence of Brindisi, located in Watts, Los Angeles. St. Lawrence of Brindisi serves several hundred needy families located in an area that suffers from poverty and gang activity. As part of the Capuchin Franciscan mission, St. Lawrence of Brindisi uses the canned food provided by the St. Francis community to help create over 1000 baskets of food for families in need during the holidays. The more cans the St. Francis community collects, the more food is distributed to those who are less fortunate.

This year, the student leaders of the Campus Ministry team have established a lofty goal of collecting over 10,000 cans. This means that each student will need to bring in an average of 15 cans in order to reach the mark. During a year when we the campus celebrates the Franciscan virtues of service and generosity, the students organizing the canned food drive are confident that the school will reach its goal. When asked about his motivation behind leading this effort, St. Francis senior, John O’Connor, reflected on the importance of sharing our blessings with others in the spirit of Jesus Christ and St. Francis. “St. Francis encourages each one of us to preach the gospel – and, when necessary, use words. I hope that I can lead by example in order to encourage my brothers to give generously out of a sense of deep gratitude.”

Another part of the students’ charitable efforts is to provide turkeys to the families of St. Lawrence. At the student body Mass on November 20, the Campus Ministry team will be collecting donations from the students. The money collected during Mass will be used to purchase turkeys for those in need. Last year, the generosity and sacrifice of the students enabled the school to purchase 44 turkeys. Once again, the turkeys purchased this year will be delivered along with the canned food to St. Lawrence of Brindisi on November 20 by the members of the Campus Ministry team leading the event.

St. Francis would also like to invite members from the local community to participate in this celebration of generosity and thanksgiving. This is an excellent opportunity to take time to think about our many blessings and to help those who are not as fortunate. If you have canned food that you would like to donate to our effort, please drop them off in the front office at St. Francis High School (200 Foothill Boulevard, La Cañada Flintridge. Your contributions will go directly to helping families in need. Thank you for your service and generosity.

For more information, please call (818) 790-0325 ext. 513 or email Andy Burghdorf at

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