November 22, 2016
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Mount Thanksgiving volunteers. Left to right: Alec Durkin,
a freshman from Mattituck, N.Y.; Jennifer Carriera, a freshman from
Norwalk, Conn.; Jesse Matuza, a senior from Staten Island, N.Y.;
Fr. Francis Amodio, O.Carm, Mount chaplain and director of Campus
Ministry; Roger May, assistant director of Campus Ministry; and
Billy Holland, a freshman from Nanuet, N.Y.
Mount Saint Mary College students donated more than $750 worth
of food on Monday, November 21, helping to feed local people in
need this Thanksgiving.
The initiative, spearheaded by the college’s Campus Ministry,
delivered the food to Newburgh’s Loaves and Fishes program for
distribution to local families.
Mount chaplain and director of Campus Ministry, Fr. Francis
Amodio, O.Carm, was very pleased with the Mount’s commitment to
aiding the less fortunate this Thanksgiving.
“By doing works of mercy…we’re fulfilling the command of God to
love your neighbor,” explained Fr. Amodio. “It’s important that our
students learn the value of service to our community.”
In addition, the college’s Delta Leadership Society student
service club also hosted a food drive, yielding several pounds of
The Mount’s spirit of giving didn’t end there. The Big Brothers
Big Sisters (BBBS) student club hosted a family-style Thanksgiving
meal for more than a dozen at-risk youths on Saturday, November 19.
The successful event provided a positive, nurturing atmosphere to
help the “bigs” encourage and empower each of the “littles.”
“This is always a great meet-up because we get the chance to
give thanks together as a club,” said BBBS president Rose Linehan
of New Hyde Park, N.Y. “Many ‘littles’ kept saying how the club is
a second family to them.”
Also on November 19, the college’s Aging United student club
brought some Thanksgiving cheer to the residents of Montgomery
Nursing Home in Newburgh, N.Y. during a visit. Aging United
explores opportunities in service, programming, and research in the
field of aging and hosts several events throughout the semester. In
recent years, it has become a club tradition to visit the nursing
home during the holiday season.