By: Najla Alexander
According to AHA officials, students and staff from the Academy of the Holy Angels actively respond to the School Sisters of Notre Dame's call to serve others.
As Thanksgiving approached, the Academy collaborated to donate dozens of frozen turkeys to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey in Hillside, officials say.
Campus Minister Maryanne Miloscia organizes this annual Turkey Drive, officials report.
"Sixty-five families who are facing food insecurity now have turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner," Miloscia said after all the birds were delivered to CFBNJ's Keith Owens.
According to officials, Owens is a familiar visitor to AHA, where he has been picking up turkeys for several years.
He recently shared that picking up and delivering the turkeys are two of his favorite responsibilities.
Holy Angels have an ongoing relationship with CFBNJ, officials said.
Students regularly attend the food bank's Teen Hunger Summit and assist CFBNJ with Global Youth Service Day.
Officials say angels also volunteer to educate others about issues relating to food insecurity and how events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, impact hunger throughout the state.
Holy Angels' students also participate in the CFBNJ Teen Leadership Council and the CFBNJ Teen Advisory Committee.
The latter is a leadership group for the first- and second-year classes.