Alumni Come Together to Support Thanksgiving Drive
Living their motto of “Men for Others,” alumni joined today’s students at Jesuit High School to distribute Thanksgiving food baskets to over 400 needy families throughout New Orleans during Jesuit’s annual Thanksgiving drive. Alumni returned to their alma mater, bringing their families with them, to take part in the drive.
Class leaders coordinated their fellow alumni to purchase, package, and deliver food items during this annual event.
- Each year, alumni from the Class of 1983 coordinate alumni participation in Jesuit’s traditional Thanksgiving drive. The Class of ’83, known fondly as the Turkey Class, purchased several hundred big birds for students to include in baskets.
- The Class of 1987 coordinated a fundraising effort to further the success of the Thanksgiving Drive for years to come.
- The Class of 2007 also supported the drive by sponsoring 10 families.
On Tuesday before Thanksgiving, alumni volunteers unloaded a truck-full of perishable and canned foods for the baskets. Members of the Class of ’83 delivered frozen turkeys to campus on Tuesday evening, while other alumni and their families gathered in the Student Commons to organize and load up Thanksgiving baskets.
On Wednesday morning, Blue Jay alumni returned to Carrollton and Banks to load baskets and help with deliveries to the families who would not otherwise enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. Alumni director Mat Grau ’68 thanked all the volunteers for their support of the drive.
The annual Thanksgiving Drive has been conducted by the students of Jesuit since the 1930s, and possibly earlier. It is organized and executed by the students under the guidance of Helen Swan, director of the school’s Service Projects Program.