TAMPA – Jesuit High School had a goal to feed at least 100 families this Thanksgiving.
Turns out, that goal was too low. Jesuit collected 183 turkeys through the Jesuit Dad’s Club and donated the turkeys to the less fortunate, including four local Boys & Girls Clubs and several other charitable organizations.
Richie Warren, director of community service, said it was the school’s largest turkey drive ever.
“This is one of the best days on the calendar at Jesuit,” Warren said. “And it’s all student led.”
There was a $3,500 fundraising goal for the Jesuit students, and those funds were to purchase an array of side items and necessities. Jesuit outdid itself by collecting more than $6,000, almost twice the expected amount.
The drive began after Homecoming Week in the beginning of November and ended the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Following Mass in St. Anthony’s Chapel on the Jesuit campus, more than 130 students and faculty assembled large cardboard boxes and filled them with turkeys, cooking pans, stuffing, potatoes, rice, cranberries, gravy, and more that had been bulk purchased.
Donations were spurred on by inspiring messages during the morning Convocation throughout the month of November from social studies teacher Vindri Gajadhar and senior Trevor Sayers.