Growing a Lenten tradition

Aria Brady and Naomi Gerber greet Arthur Heathcote, Salvation Army corps officer as he comes to collect the non-parishable items donated by children at St. Mary School.

Through the “Help the Mustard Seed Grow” campaign, the school collected 20 boxes of food for the local food banks, Salvation Army and United Friendship Centre, and $1,015.70 for Development and Peace. Under the campaign, the school put on “Tin and Toonie” days on Feb. 23, March 9 and March 23 where children were invited to bring a tin (non-perishable food item) and a toonie to school.

“Every year we have a Lent mission, where we teach the kids about changing our hearts to be more like Jesus and reaching out to those in need,” said Deborah Jean, teacher at St. Mary School.

Jocelyn Galloway photo