Stepinac’s “A Helping Hand Club” Lead Snack Bag Campaign to Help the Homeless

Proudly displaying some of the 244 snack bags for the local homeless for which they collected donations are members of the Stepinac High School A Helping Hand Club (left to right) Jeremy Paz, club president; Eric Welwin, David Lopez, Joshua Scholl, Rigoberto Escobar and Donal Connaughton, Not shown is Jack Collins.

Students of Stepinac High School’s A Helping Hand Club, a social service club, successfully led a recent campaign to provide snack bags, accompanied with hand-written notes, for homeless men, women and children who are served by the community non-profit organization, Lifting Up Westchester (LUW).

The students’ original target was to seek donations of a variety of snack items to fill 60 snack bags during the week-long drive. But, the students’ mobilization efforts and generosity of the Stepinac community (students, friends, parents and members of the administration and faculty) resulted in the students preparing and delivering 244 snack bags (also known as “blessing bags”) to LUW.

The bags comprised a wide range of nutritional snacks—from crackers and health bars to chocolate and juice boxes.

The snack bag initiative is part of the mission of Stepinac’s A Helping Hand Club whose members also cook hot food to feed the homeless at a local soup kitchen, collect nonperishable foods and clothing to be delivered to two homeless shelters in White Plains and also conduct online fundraising campaigns to benefit the soup kitchen.

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