Students display ‘heart’
Again this year, archdiocesan Catholic schools will participate in “Show Your Heart Day” to benefit Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans.
On Feb. 19, students at participating schools are invited to make a donation and wear their favorite red shirt to school as part of the second- annual fund-raiser meant to raise awareness of the “heart” of the church’s mission – to serve the most vulnerable and needy in our community.
Last year, 42 Catholic schools participated, including Stuart Hall School for Boys in New Orleans.
Its entire student body and faculty took part, said Bridget Hagan, Ph.D., assistant head of school. “Show Your Heart Day” was discussed at the weekly Monday morning chapel, in homeroom, and in the weekly emailed parent newsletter “Childpost.” Students could bring in $1 – collected by the Round Table student council – and wear a red shirt to school on that day.
“I spoke to the boys about this in chapel, specifically to explain why we were wearing red – to lovingly support the most vulnerable in our community,” Hagan said. “‘Show Your Heart’ Day supports Catholic Charities’ areas of greatest need and will help them quickly respond during times of crisis.”
Hagan said Stuart Hall regularly supports the needy through its “Quality of the Month” program, a Christmas gift drive, Thanksgiving baskets and collecting pull tabs for Ronald McDonald House, socks for the Harry Tompson Center and toiletry bags for the homeless.
“Show Your Heart Day” is an opportunity to demonstrate compassion to “those in need,” Hagan added. “We stress to the boys the importance of giving and how we must always ‘listen with the ear of our heart’ (St. Benedict), so this was a natural fit.”
The hope for the 2016 campaign is that more than 50 schools participate.
“Our mission is to be the heart and hands of Jesus Christ through our life-giving programs,” said Marianite Sister Marjorie Hebert, CEO of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans. “It takes many hands and unified hearts to serve more than 76,000 people each year. ‘Show Your Heart Day’ invites our children to practice their faith in a small, yet meaningful and visible way.”
The day highlights Catholic Charities’ ministries and programs that serve the homeless, feed the hungry and care for the elderly, at-risk youth and others.