Author: Heather Welch Published:
It took three hours for a small team of students from Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School to unload the bounty of the school’s annual fall peanut butter drive.
When Catholic Charities Facilities Manager Richard Tracy and the teenagers finally rested their backs, they had moved three tons of peanut butter Friday, Oct. 5.
Chris Bloomer, principal of Kapaun Mt. Carmel said the drive, now in its 10th year, helps reinforce a sense of stewardship in the students and families.
He said they don’t have to advertise the peanut butter drive anymore because the students anticipate it.
“There are a number of needs in the community that our students are working to address,” Bloomer said.
This year, two of the student government houses combined to organize the peanut butter drive.
Bloomer said he thinks this particular drive stands out for a number of reasons, including the time of year, the need within the community, and the sense of satisfaction for providing a food source that lasts Our Daily Bread Food Pantry almost a year.
“We’ve tried to share with the students the need and the value of their gift to our community,” he said.
The students themselves work out logistics of delivering the peanut butter.
They have transported it a number of ways, Bloomer said, including renting U-Hauls, using donated trailers, and using faculty and student-owned pick-up trucks.
He said he hopes the students learn a true sense of stewardship, and that they are gracious for the many gifts they have been given.
“My hope is they learn to share those gifts with others, especially those in need, and that they ultimately represent the image of Jesus Christ to others.”
Welch is director of communications and marketing for Catholic Charities.