In so many delightful ways, the traditional Christmas season is on display in Ms. Brianna McNeil’s kindergarten classroom at Corpus Christi School in the Glebe. As you would expect, the children are excited, and you can hear the talk of toys, Santa, elves, the Advent Wreath and Baby Jesus in every corner of the classroom. The children speak with such innocence and reverence about Baby Jesus that even the Grinch’s heart might melt! But if you listen closely, you can also hear the Corpus Christi kinder students discussing diapers, baby wipes and formula.
When you think of Christmas – do you think of diapers?
That’s because, in Ms. McNeil’s class, the children are learning about being part of their community and finding innovative ways to help those in need so they, too, can enjoy the Christmas season.
Six Years and Counting
This year marks the sixth year in a row that Ms. McNeil has shared this fundraising opportunity with her students and their families. Everything they collect is donated to St. Mary’s Home– a full-service shelter that provides support for marginalized young pregnant women, young families and their children.
Together they contribute:
- Diapers and pull-ups;
- Enfamil and Similac formula;
- Gift cards to Walmart, Giant Tiger, Grocery stories or Shoppers Drug Mart and;
- New warm women’s socks.
Last year alone, students and their families donated hundreds of diapers, wipes, and formula. It took two SUVs filled to the brim to deliver all the supplies. Even more impressive was that during COVID, Corpus Christi families thought of others first. They found a way to give back to their community despite facing challenging times themselves. They chose to model the spirit of giving and sharing at Christmas time.