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Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School

Advent Charitable Campaign:  “TAKE HEART!”

“Love has no meaning if it isn’t shared.  Love has to be put into action.”  -Mother Teresa


In this year of Charity, we at McLuhan continue to extend our generosity to those less fortunate.  In the Advent season, we centered our giving to support an incredible organization that works tirelessly to improve the lives of children in developing countries:  Sleeping Children Around The Word (SCAW).  SCAW provides bed kits containing basic necessities, including a mattress, school uniform and supplies.  Every $35 purchases a bed kit and this in turn saves a child’s life.  Via our Peer Ministry Team, the McLuhan community worked together to raise over $15, 000 for this beautiful initiative. 


Here is one story, only one from the many I have been privileged to witness throughout this campaign...  Last week, I approached a student who had reportedly purchased 8 bed kits on his own ($280).  He confirmed that he had in fact done so.  The reason why brought tears to his eyes, and my own.  This student had watched his young friend many years ago die from malaria.  He told me that when he walked away from the hospital on that dark day ingrained in his memory, he mourned the fact that he couldn't do anything to save his dear friend.  So many years later, he was donating to SCAW because this was his way of honouring his childhood friend.  He couldn't save that child but he could save 8 today with his gift.  I am humbled and inspired by these stories of charity in action and truly "take heart" at the compassionate spirit that is alive and well at McLuhan.  


As we look to receive the Christ Child at Christmas, we at McLuhan remember that Jesus was born into poverty, much like the children we are reaching out to with our Advent Charitable Campaign.  Our Peer Ministers, under the guidance of Chaplain Mrs. Linda Izzo and support of CYW Ms. Ada Alampi, pledged that “we won’t sleep until they do.”  It is with absolute pride and joy that we celebrate the generosity of this community, one that took heart in Jesus’ words:  “For I was hungry and you gave me food.  I was thirsty and you gave me drink.  I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”  (Mt 25:35)


Linda Izzo


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