Generosity Rings True at Annual Stocking Drive
December 8, 2016
Enjoy this New Haven Register photo slideshow of our Stocking Drive, a Sacred Heart tradition for more than forty years!
Thank you to the Register and photographer Peter Hvizdak.
Christmas is in the air…cinnamon, scented candles, freshly cut balsams… all friendly reminders of the most joyous of holidays. Christmas is known to bring dazzling smiles to children everywhere and for more than forty years the Sacred Heart student body has been committed to ensuring that smiles will appear on the faces of less fortunate area children.
One of our most meaningful holiday events is the Stocking Drive, spearheaded each year by Student Council. In late November “STUCO” representatives provide classmates with the gender and grade of a child to fill a stocking for. Suggested items include small toys, toiletries, winter hats, mittens and scarves, art and school supplies. The Drive culminates when the entire school joins in chapel for the Christmas Prayer Service with each student placing her stocking on the altar. The Student Council then distributes stockings to schools in New Haven—St. Francis/St. Rose, St. Martin de Porres, and public elementary schools.
A member of Student Council offered, “The Stocking Drive is not only one of the longest standing traditions at Sacred Heart, but one of our most treasured. Students, faculty, and staff, and alumnae generously prepare stockings. It’s such a beautiful sight to see the hundreds of stockings spread across the altar at our annual Christmas Prayer Service, especially knowing that these stockings might be the only gift a child receives at Christmas. We are so very blessed here at Sacred Heart and to extend this blessing to others during the holiday season is truly gratifying.”
And…again this year, alumnae got in on the act. Well over one hundred graduates, from different classes and decades, joined together at the Alumnae Christmas Stocking Workshop to create stockings. “I cherish this Sacred Heart tradition…I find joy in filling my stocking each year, knowing what it will mean to a child,” shared an alumna.