By Jim Lambert
Union Catholic continued its strong commitment to social justice this holiday season as students, faculty, and the UC Community joined together to help those in need.
The annual Christmas Drive, coordinated by Union Catholic faculty members Ms. Samantha Scutieri, Mrs. Michelle Goworek, and Mrs. Susan McLaughlin, was once again a huge success as several items were donated to a group of senior citizens at the St. Joseph Social Services Center in Elizabeth, and lots of items were donated to Catholic Charities in Cranford. Several UC students volunteered to wrap the gifts after school on Tuesday.
Ms. Scutieri said coordinating the Christmas Drive is very rewarding and offers another great example of Union Catholic’s community coming together to help those in need.
Mrs. Cheryl Rossi’s Psychology class was busy stuffing stockings with toys, candy, games, and coloring books on Wednesday. The items will be donated to the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children (AFRC) in Newark.
“Social justice is a big initiative at Union Catholic, and giving back and helping others in need is something the kids enjoy doing,’’ said Mrs. Rossi. “It’s a really fun way to help other people.’’
UC senior Max Berg said stuffing stockings and helping people is a great feeling.
“Union Catholic is always looking to help the communities around us,’’ said Berg. “And it always feels good to give back to those who are less fortunate. It’s a fun class activity and we are helping people out. It’s a great thing to do.’’
UC junior AJ Sepulveda wanted do something to help those in need, so he got together with Mr. Mike Conte, the moderator for Student Movement Against Cancer (SMAC) and organized a drive to collect hats, scarves, and toothbrushes that were donated by members of SMAC.
Sepulveda delivered the items to the St. Joseph Social Services Center in Elizabeth last Friday.
“I always like the idea of giving back, and I know there are people who are in need, so I wanted to do something to help out,’’ said Sepulveda. “It feels really good to give back to the community and it’s great to make an impact. Next year, I hope to make it even bigger and help out more people.’’