At John Carroll, we are making a conscious effort to choose joy and be fully alive in the Holy Spirit.  St. Paul’s letter to the Romans says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  In keeping with the words of St. Paul, choosing joy will fill us with hope and peace, AND THEN we are called to share that joy with others which is exactly what we plan to do through the Box of Joy Fall Service Drive.  By packing our school goal of 100 Boxes of Joy with toys and other gifts, we will bless children suffering from extreme poverty in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Guatemala.

Each homeroom is responsible for collecting gift items to fill a minimum of FIVE Boxes of Joy and also raise $10 per box to cover the cost of shipping. Empty boxes were delivered to each homeroom and the deadline for filling our Boxes of Joy will be Thursday, Nov. 7.

Each homeroom will have three weeks to fill a minimum of five boxes and raise $50 to cover shipping costs. The Alpha Team challenges each homeroom to exceed the minimum of five boxes and request additional boxes to fill.  The homeroom class who packs the most boxes will receive a doughnut party on Monday, Nov. 11.

Let’s make this year’s Fall Service Drive a HUGE success!  Do your part by shopping for items listed on the “Gift Idea” list (CLICK HERE) for boys and girls who need joy in their lives this Christmas!  Then, bring your items to your homeroom and fill a box by Nov. 7. Alpha peer ministers will also collect gift items and monetary donations in the car line on Tuesday, Oct. 29 and Thursday, Oct. 31.  There is jeans day on Thursday, Oct. 31 to raise money for shipping costs.  Students may wear appropriate blue jeans with no rips or holes and a fun Fall/Halloween shirt with a minimum donation of $2.  Gift items and monetary donations from community members may be dropped off in the front office.

Please contact Director of Campus Ministry Jennie Capezza at [email protected] with any questions or to get involved.