Alverno Heights Academy Adopts Families Through Children’s Law Center of California for Christmas


Story and photos provided by Ms. Katharine Guerrero, Campus Minister 

img_5088For three families in foster care through the Children’s Law Center of California, Christmas just got a little bit more merry thanks to the students, families, and faculty and staff of Alverno Heights Academy.

Over the past few weeks, the Alverno community has been working to gather items off the wish lists of twelve children currently in foster care in the Los Angeles area. The children ranged from a few months old up to 12 years old and had wishes that included toys, jackets, uniform clothes, school supplies, books, backpacks, bikes, and much more.

The drive was organized by Campus Ministry for the second year in a row and required a great deal of planning and organization. Before the drive even started, Campus Ministry reviewed the children’s wish lists, checking them twice, before assigning them to each state.

Once families were assigned to each state, students then signed up to bring in the various items to their state meetings with the faculty and staff jumping in to help purchase two bicycles for ten and twelve year old sisters. After everything was collected, Campus Ministry wrapped and divided all of the gifts by family so they would be ready for distribution by some of Santa’s special helpers who picked up the items on Thursday, December 15. The donated gifts will be distributed to these children in the days leading up to Christmas Day.

“I am so incredibly proud of the entire Alverno Heights Academy community for coming together to support these wonderful families every year,” said Julia V. Fanara, Head of School. “One of the things we impart to our young women is the incredible and lasting impact that their generosity, compassion, and gifts can make in the lives of others and the world as a whole and this project is a demonstration of those values. For our students to come together during this blessed holiday season to support others is a beautiful thing and a true representation of the meaning of Christmas.”

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