Sharing the spirit of Christmas, St. Mary’s Dominican High School’s Annual Adopt-A-Family adopted 59 families (a total of 182 individuals), who are connected to the Dominican community. Thirty-five of the adopted families were from the Catholic Charities agency, St. Mary of the Angels Early Head Start and Head Start program for infants and toddlers. There were gifts for the children in the program, and also their siblings and parents. Dominican also adopted 11 families from St. Augustine Church in the Treme neighborhood and 13 families from the Metro Center for Community Advocacy.
Each religion class adopted a family and the students formed small groups to adopt individuals. Funds were also collected from the faculty and staff to adopt three of the families and also provide diapers and wipes for the shelter.
Christian Leadership Council officers organized the gifts and staged them in Alumnae Hall for pick-up by Dad’s Club members who packed their vehicles and made deliveries to the agencies.