Montgomery Catholic Students Assist the Christmas Clearinghouse

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Middle School SGA: Jessica Hankins, Sarah Souriya, Andrew Koerner, Dalton DeRamus, Max Barranco, Mason Sylvester, and Austin Varner (Photo by Mary Kelley)

The spirit of Christmas is all about sharing peace, joy, and love, and the students at Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School have been busy sharing that love with a few families with the help of HandsOn River Region.
The MCPS high school Key Club and the middle school Student Government Association adopted needy families to assist HandsOn River Region’s Christmas Clearinghouse. The students shopped for gifts for all family members, including clothes, toys, school supplies, diapers, gift cards, bicycles, and other practical and fun items. These gifts help to ease the financial burden on families who could use a little Christmas cheer during the holidays.
“Christmas can be a stressful time for those who are struggling to make ends meet,” said MCPS

middle and high school principal Justin Castanza. “For these families, even the simplest gifts can make a huge impact. Our students are proud to support the efforts of HandsOn River Region and we hope that our humble donations will help to make this Christmas a little brighter for these families.”

Each year, families in need are paired with groups and organizations who wish to help them during the winter holidays. Around 10,000 individuals—8,000 of whom are children—are helped through the efforts of the Christmas Clearinghouse.
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High School Key Club (Photo by Jeanene Crenshaw)

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