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Students at St. Peter Academy collecting donations for Thanksgiving food drive

Posted by Patrick Rosso  November 15, 2012 03:40 PM

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Students at the St. Peter Academy in South Boston will be working hard over the next week to make sure local families can have a happy Thanksgiving.

The fourth-eighth grade students have been collecting donations for the St. Vincent de Paul Parish Thanksgiving Food Pantry, working with South Boston based Mass Bay Credit Union to fill the pantry’s shelves, said a news release.

“We are proud to support the students of St. Peter Academy as they fulfill the purpose of the Thanksgiving holiday and give back to the community,” Maren Bradley, marketing and member development manager for Mass Bay, said in a statement. “This is a perfect example of the great neighborhood spirit we are thrilled to be involved with throughout the holiday season.”

The students have been organizing donation bags to distribute to needy neighbors, packing them full of canned goods and fall treats.

"I am thankful to be a part of a community that continuously shows their compassion for others, and to see these three staple entities of South Boston come together in such a meaningful way,” Leanne Keenan, a mother of two St. Peter Academy students, said in a statement. “Father Joe, our priest at St. Vincent's, often talks about connecting with others during his sermons, it is wonderful to be here and see the connections being made today."

Although students have been working diligently to make sure no family goes hungry in South Boston, there is still plenty of room for more donations, including non-perishable items such as cranberry sauce, canned vegetables, stuffing mix, or Stop & Shop gift cards.

Donations can be dropped off at Mass Bay Credit Union at 147 West Fourth St. or at St. Vincent's Parish at 363 E St.

For more information call the St. Peter Academy at (617) 268-0750.

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