Boxes of food, supplies and donated coats dotted the halls of Wyoming Area Catholic School as the students and staff prepared for Thanksgiving.
The students and their clubs and organizations spent the weeks before the holiday gathering food to donate to Little Sisters of the Poor and clothes to fill the closets of the Care and Concern ministry in Pittston.
“We have about 10 large boxes filled (with food,)” said Mary Ann Paddock-Kaminski.
As they gathered donations and looked forward to providing them to their intended recipients, students at the school also reflected on what they will give thanks for at their Thanksgiving tables this year.
Sixth grader Abigail Butler said she will give thanks for members of her family.
“My dog and my family,” she said.
She looked forward to her dad cooking Thanksgiving dinner and her mom’s family coming over for the holiday.
“I like my dad’s turkey,” she said.
Fourth grader Robert Stanchak would be looking back on the opportunities he has had this year to travel.
“I’m thankful for going on lots of vacations with my family,” he said. “We went to Disney World, Baltimore and the beach. I had never been to Baltimore before.”
Robert said his family spends Thanksgiving enjoying two meals, eating at both grandmothers’ houses.
Third grader Abigail Buzza would also give thanks for her family this year.
“Because they take care of me and love me,” she said.
She planned to spend the holiday at her aunt’s house for dinner with the family, taking her pick of all the Thanksgiving food.
“I love all of it,” she said.
Second grade student Cayden Richards looked forward to the holiday off from school, even though his school would be on his mind.
“I’m thankful for my life and for a good education at Wyoming Area Catholic,” he said.
Cayden’s family will come to his house to celebrate and eat plenty of “turkey and potato casserole,” he said, but his favorite food of the day is always mashed potatoes and gravy.
He also looked forward to another facet of the holiday.
“The parade,” he said, noting he watches it every year.
Paddock-Kaminski said food donations will go to the Little Sisters of the Poor when the sisters dropped by the school’s Thanksgiving Liturgy on Nov. 21.
She said the success of the school’s giving drives shows how the students commit their lessons about service to heart.
“We need to share all of our wonderful blessings,” she said.