Alumni Participate in 2015 Thanksgiving Drive

Posted November 24, 2015 / Last updated February 24, 2016

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Almost 20 alumni came together on Tuesday, Nov. 24 to prepare Thanksgiving baskets to distribute in Jesuit's 2015 Thanksgiving Drive.

Alumni came together on Tuesday, Nov. 24, to prepare Thanksgiving baskets that will be distributed in Jesuit’s 2015 Thanksgiving Drive.

Alumni from the 1950s to the 2010s returned to their alma mater to participate in Jesuit’s annual Thanksgiving Drive. The tradition dates back nearly 100 years and continues to bring back more alumni each year. At least as early as 1927, a Thanksgiving Drive was being organized by the student Sodality, who placed boxes in each classroom for the collection of food items for the city’s poor.

On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, alumni gather enough perishable and non-perishable items to provide a complete Thanksgiving dinner for needy recipients. The Class of 1983 also provides enough turkeys for not only the alumni baskets, but also for more than 270 student baskets. The alumni portion of the Thanksgiving Drive costs between $8,000 and $9,000, and a group of alumni from the 1970s and 1980s have coordinated class-level appeals dedicated to covering the expense. Alumni may donate to the drive to help cover the costs of providing these meals.

The effort started earlier this month when Mark Alvarez ’83 spoke to students at Morning Assembly, asked the Jays to consider their gifts and to give of their bounty, encouraging Blue Jays to do their best to provide a Thanksgiving meal for needy families in our area. The drive continued today as members of the Alumni Association gathered food items to pack boxes for 180 needy families in the metro area. Several individual alumni classes also have adopted families and will work on organizing those boxes for tomorrow’s delivery.

The Alumni Association will meet Wednesday morning to finish adding perishable items to the baskets. Many alumni will join with students and faculty in the Chapel of the North American Martyrs at the Prayer Service. The drive culminates with the basket delivery as alumni, students, faculty, and perhaps a parent or two, make their way to the neighborhoods of the city to brighten the lives of a few hundred families.

Thanksgiving Day Mass

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