The St. Rita Family Unites with Giving Tree Initiative

As Catholics, we are called to love Christ above all. But how do we show our love for Christ? In Hebrews 6:10, we are taught “For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love you have demonstrated for his name by having served and continuing to serve the holy ones”. God tells us that through serving, loving, and tending to others, we are serving and loving Him.

Giving Tree Leaders: Ms. Missy Smialek, Eddie Fidler, Isaac Gaytan-Reilly, Dylan Cooney and Diego Carrillo (Not pictured: Jack Esselman & Tadhg Scanlon)

It has been a tradition here St. Rita for the last several years to have our Giving Tree Initiative in the month of December—2018 was no different. The Giving Tree helps Ritamen show that the core values of Caritas and Unitas are not just slogans, but things that St. Rita students strive to live out, especially during the holiday season.

Each year, through the Giving Tree, several St. Rita families are given donations by the St. Rita school community to help offset the ever-rising costs of the Christmas season through food and gift donations.

Hebrews 13:16 teaches “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have; God is pleased by sacrifices of that kind.” Ritamen were encouraged to make the sacrifice of sharing what they have in an effort to love others who are in need and therefore, love God. Some were able to give more than others, but all were encouraged to look into their own lives and determine where a sacrifice could be made. For instance, some sacrificed vending machine snacks and donated that money, others brought lunch from home and donated lunch money.

In the end, so many Ritamen put money toward those in our St. Rita family who are struggling. The St. Rita community ultimately raised $4,882.85 and helped ten families this Christmas.