St. Michael Catholic School Gathers 75 Bags of Winter Apparel for Syrian Refugees


The Social Justice Club named MINGA (Minds Inspiring New Generation Activists) at Saint Michael Catholic High School was committed in gathering as much winter apparel for the Syrian Refugees that are expected to arrive in our Diocesan parish communities. The students launched a school wide competition that began December 9th until December 15th 2015 to all period 2 classes in order to motivate them to bring in gently-used winter outdoor clothing such as coats, boots, hats, mitts, scarves, earmuffs etc. The items were based on a point system for example a coat had a value of 50 points while mitts had a value of 5 points. The class with the greatest accumulated points won a pizza party and second place winners had ice-cream while third place winners enjoyed timbits and drinks.

This was a successful initiative by our Social Justice Club as we were able to gather up 75 bags filled with winter items! We were truly astounded by the generosity of the staff and students. It is our goal to create an awareness for our students regarding the Syrian Refugee crisis and the imperative need to reach out and show our care and compassion for the Syrians by our acts of kindness and generosity.

We want to make a positive difference in the world and be the agents of social change so that we can all work together in building the kingdom of God on earth. As one body in Christ we want to reach out a helping hand and be the eyes and face of Christ to our neighbors. For whatsoever we do to the least of our brothers that we do unto Christ.

By Antoinette Lambert
Program Chair of French and International Languages,
Saint Michael Catholic High School, Niagara Falls