Spreading Christmas Cheer and the Spirit of Giving
During this Christmas season, Santa Margarita Eagles have been hard at work spreading Christmas cheer and Caritas Christi, the love of Christ, through community outreach. Patrick Visconti, Director of Campus Ministry shared, “More than anything, we’re a Catholic school.” “We are rooted in Christ, we are rooted in the Gospel, we are rooted in the belief that we are supposed to reach out and help other people, especially those in the margins that are going through tough times.”
SMCHS Eagles Ice Hockey delivered Christmas trees to Marine Families that are part of the Exceptional Family Member Program at Camp Pendleton. Each year, SMCHS families and community members donate Christmas trees to this program and Eagles Ice Hockey, with the help of VIP Transport, personally delivers these trees to the special families. For more information about the Exceptional Family Member Program: http://www.mccscp.com/efmp/
Girls Soccer Hosts TopSoccer: Children with special needs had the opportunity to enjoy a day of soccer and fun on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Santa Margarita Catholic High School. The Santa Margarita girls soccer program, along with the Cal South TOPSoccer program, puts on the annual event. The goal is to enable young athletes with disabilities to develop fitness and technical skills as well as courage and self-esteem. About 50 special needs athletes attended as well as 50-60 Santa Margarita girls soccer players. The day included festivities such as face painting, Santa photos, game stations, balloon art, photo opportunities, holiday treats and giveaways.
Christmas Socks for CHOC: The Eagles for CHOC club sold Christmas socks for $5.00 during school lunches to help purchase Christmas gifts for hospitalized teenagers at CHOC Hospital. Over 150 socks were sold. With the money raised, slippers, Stance socks, Sony headphones and Apple gift cards were purchased as gifts for 10 teens at CHOC Hospital in Mission Viejo.
Adopt-a-Family Drive: SMCHS continued its decades-long partnership with the students and families at Dale Jr. High School in Anaheim by “adopting” students and their families who are going through hardships by providing Christmas gifts to them to hopefully lighten their burdens during the holidays. Forty-three families were adopted by faculty, staff, classes, sports teams.
Boys Lacrosse – Operation Help a Hero and Operation Christmas Spirit: One ton of Halloween candy is donated every year to Operation Help a Hero to be individually wrapped for "Operation Christmas Spirit" and to the families at CHOC Hospital at Mission. The JV and varsity lacrosse boys bagged hundreds of bags of candy for the single Marines returning home from deployment and for Battalion Christmas parties. They also adopted a family through Operation Help A Hero’s "Operation Christmas Spirit" outreach. The boys shopped for gifts for each family members and will come together to wrap, organize and make homemade goodies and cards for the family.
Eagle Eye - Spirit of Giving: Also check out the Spirit of Giving story in the Eagle Eye's Christmas edition, by clicking here.