St. Mary Central – Giving back at home and abroad!

Photo Provided Pictured filling Thanksgiving baskets are St. Mary Central School eighth-graders Brooklyn Lengyel, Alchamy Toth, Caden Horvath, Jacob Powell, Abby Giffin, Yona Helt and Aiden Tarr.

MARTINS FERRY — Students and families at St. Mary Central School have participated in numerous charitable service endeavors since the beginning of the 2017 school year.

In September the students raised $1,989 for the victims of Hurricane Harvey during five dress-down Fridays.

In October the students donated $2,150.08 that was raised during Lent to the Rev. Marty Holler’s St. Jude Project in Kenya, where he serves yearly.

At Halloween, the students performed Halloween songs and presented handcrafted fall decorations to the residents of East Ohio Regional Hospital Continuous Care center.

In November, the students collected and delivered personal hygiene items for veterans in local nursing homes and donated food and distributed 25 Thanksgiving baskets for needy families.

In December, the students are planning on collecting new and gently used toys and new socks for Salvation Army Christmas Family Baskets, crafting 150 Christmas placemats for residents of local nursing homes and performing Christmas songs for the residents of EORH Continuous Care.

In addition to the eight service activities, the students and their families raised nearly $26,000 at their annual Tiger Trot Walk-A-Thon to support their school.

Service is an integral component of the fabric of St. Mary Central, teaching and practicing the virtues of charity and gratitude for life’s blessings.