The gift of giving back!
The Christian Students Mission of Charity (CSMC) money drive during the month of November is a BE tradition over 50 years old. This year, the generosity of the students raised $5,000 from Nov. 1 – Nov. 17. Every class raised over 100 percent of their assigned goal with the seniors leading the way. The money raised was used to purchase 33 cases of grits, 38 cases of rice, 36 cases of instant mashed potatoes and pancake batter mix, 28 cases of pancake syrup and 50 cases of beef stew from Publix on Daniel Island. The store not only provided the food, but they also delivered it and provided grocery bags. The Neighborhood House on America Street, the OLM Outreach on Johns Island, the Soup Kitchen at St. John’s and seven other parishes benefitted from the students’ generosity. Additionally, a check for $500 was sent to the Bishop’s Assistance Fund of Bishop Robert Guglielmone. “This project is a big undertaking and would never be as successful as it is without the help of all of the CSMC student representatives and the faculty and staff who participated and encouraged the students’ giving,” stated Dana Beltz, BEHS assistant principal. “Also, special thanks go to our maintenance staff who helped unload the trucks and assisted the recipients…as well as Coaches Swanson and Cantey, whose PE classes helped lay out the food in the gym. Such a huge joint effort is what the BE spirit is all about!” Pictured here with bags of some of the food collected are BE students Kelly Drummond, Abby Johnson, Lauren Hooper, Jordan Lane and teacher Ms. Estrada.
The On Our Own (OOO) group, comprised of approximately 135 ladies who live on Daniel Island, enjoyed a holiday luncheon at Wasabi on Dec. 6. But tasty fare and good friendship weren’t the only things on the menu for the occasion. The group also celebrated the collection of over 350 pounds of detergent and other cleaning products to benefit East Cooper Community Outreach, contributed by about 40 members of the club. Each year, OOO picks a local charity to support. Several members are pictured here with their donations.