Blue Jays Provide Thanksgiving Meals to 460 Families in New Orleans Area

Posted November 26, 2014 / Last updated December 2, 2014

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(Click the image to view the Baskets and Deliveries Photo Gallery.)

Freshmen Paul James, Al Philips, Chris Morel, Bryce Rodriguez, Collin Miller, Jonathan Arnold, and John Nuttli pack a Thanksgiving box. (Click the image to view the Baskets and Deliveries Photo Gallery.)

Living their motto of “Men For Others,” students (and alumni) at Jesuit High School distributed Thanksgiving food boxes to approximately 460 needy families throughout New Orleans on Wednesday, Nov. 26. Through the Thanksgiving Drive, and other service occasions, Blue Jays learn to be men of faith and men for others.

The day began at 5:30 a.m. at Robért Fresh Market where students and faculty met to purchase the perishable goods needed to complete the baskets already begun with non-perishable food collected over the last month. 

Basket Preparation and Delivery

After shopping, students then returned to campus and worked with their homeroom classmates to prepare the baskets for delivery. Each homeroom prepared three or more baskets for delivery. Several clubs, athletic teams, and organizations also got together to prepare additional baskets. Alumni, led by the Class of 1983, also assist by providing one turkey for each basket. Many alumni and their families, with the help of the Alumni Association, came to campus Tuesday night to help pack boxes for needy families throughout the metro area.

At 8 a.m., the school community gathered in the Chapel of the North American Martyrs for a Thanksgiving prayer service. Senior Evan Duhon and Mr. Julio Minsal-Ruiz, S.J. each spoke about the greater meaning of Thanksgiving to the group of students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni gathered in the chapel. 

Afterward, the crowd left the chapel and took off in all directions across the city to deliver more than 400 baskets to the homes of those who would not otherwise enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.

The annual Thanksgiving Drive has been conducted by the students of Jesuit since 1927, and possibly earlier, when the Sodality placed boxes in each classroom for the collection of food items for the city’s poor.

The drive it is organized and executed by the students under the guidance of Kevin Murphy ’00, director of the school’s Service Projects Program

Thanksgiving Day Mass

The entire Jesuit community is invited to celebrate Mass Thanksgiving Day at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of the North American Martyrs.

Thanksgiving Drive Photo Galleries

Thanksgiving Drive Grocery Shopping

Thanksgiving Drive Baskets and Delivery

Alumni Thanksgiving Drive


2014 Thanksgiving Drive (Faculty Speaker)

Mr. Julio Minsal-Ruiz, S.J. addresses Blue Jays

2014 Thanksgiving Drive (Student Speaker)

Senior Evan Duhon addresses Blue Jays