Sacred Heart School in Shelby, Ohio, held an assembly in December to present more than 1,000 rolls of toilet paper to veterans in need who are served by Catholic Charities and other local agencies.
Dale Warren offered a thank you on behalf of the veterans.
“It means a lot to a veteran to have you children do something for us. Some of the most special people for veterans are children, so to have you guys help us like this is really special,” Warren said to the group of students. [singlepic id=840 w=320 h=240 float=right]
Sacred Heart students Kassie Stine,11, and Rylee Gregson,13, winners of this year’s Patriot Pen Essay Contest, read essays on the theme, “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans.”
“The veterans fight for us so that we can have freedom,” said Stine. “I personally have friends and family who are veterans. I’m really worried about them but I’m also really proud of them. They have the bravery to fight for us.”
“I appreciate veterans because they fight for people who can’t fight,” said Gregson, who has two cousins currently serving in the military. For example, some elderly people would love to still be fighting for their country but they physically can’t, so other people take their place and fight hard to keep the people they love safe.”
Throughout the month of October, Sacred Heart School students participated in a toilet paper drive for the veterans. The idea for the drive came when Principal Lisa Meyers inquired about items needed to help local veterans.
“Sue Warren (case manager for Catholic Charities) explained to me that Catholic Charities could get funding for things like housing and food for veterans, but they couldn’t get funding for basic necessities like toilet paper,” Meyers said.
Sacred Heart School’s 98 students collected a total of 1,039 rolls of toilet paper.
“Living without basic hygiene necessities can reduce one’s self-esteem. The toilet paper collected in the drive will provide a basic need to our veterans and make their lives easier,” Sue Warren said.
“Our students, staff and parents are very thankful for what our veterans have done for our country. Through Christ, this is our way of showing our gratitude,” Meyers said.