9:30 a.m., Dec. 19)
Sir Wil students play 'Secret Santa' to 30 families in
By Fred Sherwin
to right) Bronson Barton, Memory Chola and
Sara Kassim were among the many students at
Sir Wil who took part in this year's Holiday
Hamper program. Fred Sherwin/Photo
families in need will receive a helping hand this holiday
season thanks to students at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary
School who are carrying on a tradition that is nearly
25 years old.
the past three weeks the students at Sir Wil have been
collecting everything from toiletries and food to articles
of clothing and toys. Some of the students even made Christmas
wreaths out fresh evergreen boughs.
items were collected to fill over 150 boxes and totes,
or at least five boxes for each family.
relationship between Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School
and the Caldwell Family Centre dates back to when the
school was located in Carson Grove.
Holiday Hamper program was launched by former teacher
Jane Brown after she meet Caldwell Centre founder Sister
Thelma Marion. Nearly 25 years later the program is still
going strong thanks to the enthusiasm and dedication of
students like Memory Chola and Sara Kassim.
really important because we're helping so many people,"
says Kassim.. "It's important at every time of the
year, but especially at this time of year because it's
all about the giving and everyone's in that spirit."
of the 30 period two classes is assigned a family to collect
items for, along with a family profile listing the number,
age and gender of each child.
interesting aspect of the program is that not all the
families receiving the items are Christian, reflecting
the multi-faith backgrounds of the students at the multi-ethnic
Hamper coordinator Corrine Davison says
after year we think about not doing it, and doing something
different, but the students come back and say 'Miss we
must do it. We must help out these families. They're in
need. They're in our city. We must help, " says Davison
who makes a point of helping hand out the hampers to some
of the recipient families every year.
pretty amazing. They can't believe they are on the receiving
end of such generosity and that it's teenagers that are
Wil's principal, Barry Armstrong is understandably proud
of the school's staff and students for carrying on the
a tradition that was started at the old building by Jane
Brown and i's really heart-warming to see it being carried
on by our staff and students," says Armstrong.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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