With an early dismissal on Thursday, a group of students from Bishop O'Connell were able to get a head start last week on an afternoon and evening of service in support of the Salvation Army's Angel Tree project in Arlington. Chaperones Kathryn Hogan, Sister Tracey, Liz Rubando, Bill Betthauser, Michael Cresson, Christine Spann and Katie Boyd joined the 23 students who rolled up their sleeves and served as runners and helpers in distributing bundles of Christmas presents for more than 750 local families in need.
Senior David Salas was overwhelmed by the gratitude of those they served. "Even when I was just registering families at the reception desk, they didn't hold back on showing their genuine appreciation for the work of all the volunteers. It really helped that I was speaking Spanish with them, too."
"This is the second year that our group supported this effort," said O'Connell's Christian Service Coordinator, Kathryn Hogan. "I am humbled by the hard work and kind spirit that our students displayed throughout this very long day."