December 23, 2015
For many, the Christmas season serves as a time of joy, thanksgiving, and charity. However, there are individuals and families who cannot fully experience and enjoy the beauty of Christmas due to financial circumstances.
At Trinity Junior High and High School, the students, staff, and faculty strive to aid families in the community to help them overcome their circumstances so that Christmas really can be a time of joy, thanksgiving, and charity.
During the month of December, Trinity Student Council puts on two fundraising events: Golden Mass and JUG WARS. These fundraising events allow for charity to flow abundantly into the community so that no matter one's circumstances, Christmas can be enjoyed.
Golden Mass donations
Golden Mass is held on the last day of school before Christmas break. The students and their families, along with staff and faculty, gather together to celebrate Holy Mass. This Mass is made special by decorating the auditorium stage with gift-wrapped food items and toiletries donated by the students. After the celebration of Holy Mass, the donated items that once beautifully decorated the stage are distributed to local families in need with help from the local Dorcas Society. These societies are name after Dorcas (also called Tabitha), a charitable person described in the Acts of the Apostles.
The non-perishable food items and toiletries are collected in the weeks preceding Golden Holy Mass. Some of the items that are donated include paper and personal hygiene products, as well as canned and boxed goods.
Jug Wars generosity
Jug Wars occurs during the last week of school in December. Through the generosity of this project, children of local families are able to open a meaningful gift on Christmas morning. In order to purchase these gifts, students of Trinity Junior High and High School bring their generosity to help fill the jugs. The competition consists of each class, 7 through 12, having their own respective jug to be filled with monetary donations. Each class competes against one another in hopes of raising the most money. However, there is a catch. Coin money adds to a class's total while paper money subtracts from a class's total.
After the donations have been tallied, the gifts are then purchased with the money collected from the Jug Wars competition and gift-wrapped. The presents are placed alongside the non-perishable food items and toiletries at Golden Mass. Last year, more than 25 children were able to receive a gift through the efforts put forth by Trinity's Jug Wars.
With all of the business of the Christmas season, it is humbling to see how the generosity of one school can provide such a great and enduring impact on a community. This year, Trinity plans on exceeding last year's achievements so that more people can enjoy the beauty that comes along with the Christmas season.