St. Mary's Catholic School students are decorating lunch bags that would soon be filled with food for area homeless. Submitted photo

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St. Mary’s students bag lunch for homeless

Published 5:50pm Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Area homeless will have one less day of being hungry thanks to students at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Niles.

In celebration of Catholic Schools Week, St. Mary’s students spent a good deal of time Monday preparing a special lunch for the Center for the Homeless in South Bend, Ind.

Students in preschool to third grade decorated the lunch bags with flowers and other items, while students in grades four through six packed the bags full of food, including a ham and cheese sandwich, fruit, vegetable, juice and condiments.

Then, Kristi Varma, St. Mary’s school board member, delivered the food to the Center for the Homeless later Monday.

“They were all very appreciative and really excited,” said Varma of the center’s reaction to her bringing 80 lunch bags of food. “The students really enjoyed the project too.”

Varma said the event would not have been such a success without the donations of Harding’s Friendly Market, The Nugget and Martin’s Super Market. Parents, teachers and parishioners also donated items or time to make it happen, she said.

  • Jan Personette

    How great that we are thinking of those who have less than we do. Teaching youngsters to help and volunteer is a great thing too. However I am glad to hear that the homeless issue here in Niles has been eradicated and these people have homes, food and everything they need. Or have those things been solved? Try volunteering at the Salvation Army on Monday, Wednesday or Friday at the Lunch Bunch meal. Many of those who attend are very food challenged. Find out how many people are served right here in Niles from the food banks. You will be very surprised at the numbers. Please don’t forget our own town.

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