"I’m busy, busy, busy, and it’s no surprise to see/ That I only have time for me, me, me..."
These “Breathe” lyrics by Jonny Diaz are certainly indicative of our culture. Adults, teenagers and children are always so busy, it is sometimes easy to lose sight of the important things.
This week, St. Thomas Aquinas High School students (although still busy) have been participating in the STA annual canned food drive for Lazarus House Ministries in Lawrence, MA. Since opening its doors as an emergency homeless shelter in 1983, Lazarus House has been breaking the cycle of poverty in the Merrimack Valley region. It is a gospel-based ministry that provides a continuum of care encompassing, but not limited to: food, shelter, clothing, advocacy, education, work preparation, a listening ear, a welcoming heart and the restoration of dignity and self-respect to people who are poor and in dire need.
For 25 years, St. Thomas Aquinas has partnered with Lazarus House and serves as one of their leading contributors. Their reliance upon our STA families is met each year with tremendous generosity from our community. Each Advisory decides how to collect the canned goods. Collectively, however, there is a genuine spirit of eagerness to help those who are most vulnerable and who needs special help from the Saints.
The canned food drive ends Friday and STA students, faculty, staff and parents will be delivering the food on Saturday morning.