On November 15, Sacred Heart Academy faculty and staff participated in a Community Service Project to give back to the community and advance SHA’s mission through its strategic plan initiative “to expand service opportunities.” The day was supported by donations from student led activities, trustee gifts, as well as local partnerships.
The Garden City Hotel generously donated amenities such as shampoo, conditioner and body lotion. Jerry Rizzo, Executive Director of Catering at the Garden City Hotel was instrumental in securing the donation which helped to create the 1,000 shower rolls that the SHA faculty and staff put together for the Mary Brennan Inn, St. Vincent de Paul Society and St. Thomas the Apostle Food Pantry. Each shower roll included a towel, washcloth, disposable sized soap, shampoo, conditioner and deodorant. The SHA community also donated food items that were packaged to help address hunger on Long Island.
Veronica Ticas-Ludewig, director of campus ministry, who organized the day commented, “It was great to have the chance to touch so many worthwhile organizations through this one activity.”
The day began with Eucharist, followed by presentations from Fr. Bob Smith Pastor of St. Hugh of Lincoln Parish in Huntington Station; Paula Migliore from the St. Vincent de Paul Society; and Irene Peplinski of the St. Thomas the Apostle Food Pantry in West Hempstead.As part of SHA’s commitment to serve the “dear neighbor” all students are required to do a minimum of 20 hours of community service hours per year. This is the first faculty and staff community service effort. Based on the response, it won’t be the last.