Hearts, Hands, Health, Help

A contingent of Catholic school students deliver toys to Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch. Courtesy photo

Student representatives from the 31 Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Trenton visited numerous hospitals and medical centers in the past months with tokens of love for the young patients within. Their bounty of more than 10,000 toys, books and games and $13,000 in gift cards were amassed by the school communities as part of the annual diocesan Catholic Schools Day of Service “Hearts to Hospitals: Hearts to Lead – Hands to Help” campaign that concluded at the end of April. The students enlisted the support of their schools, families, friends and communities to gather gifts intended for hospitalized youth, and on the official Day of Service, April 27, students in all schools assembled the donations into gift bags for patients. Candy and goodie bags were also collected and assembled for hospital staff who work with the children, and handmade cards from students were addressed to hospital employees, medical personnel, families and patients.

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