During this season of thanks and giving, the St. Mary Academy - Bay community of students, faculty, and staff united to collect food and money for those in need. During the month of November, an Academy-wide collection delivered 32 baskets of Thanksgiving meals to area families. In addition to filling baskets, $100 dollars was raised and turned into gift cards that the families can use to purchase a turkey for their Thanksgiving dinner.
Items were collected from November 8th-16th. The Middle and Upper Schools' collection was organized by the Bay View Chapter of the National Honor Society and it yielded 25 baskets. The Lower School's collection garnered 7 more. The baskets were distributed to a variety of local organizations and families, including Re-Focus, a Rhode Island non-profit that caters to adults with differing physical and developmental needs, St. Vincent's Home for Children in Fall River, MA, the Sisters of Mercy for use in their ministries, and to families in need within the Bay View community.