Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

March 29, 2013

Students learn the meaning of giving firsthand

Jackson Adams
Effingham Daily News

---- — Students at St. Anthony Grade School gave to those most in need at an assembly Thursday.

Students brought in hygiene and cleaning supplies for Effingham Freedom House, a homeless shelter which opened in June, helping men and women in need.

”I think it teaches the kids that they’re the hands and feet of Jesus,” said Vickie Kight, with Freedom House. “They’ve gotten to see some of the guys and where this goes to.”

Students packed more than 30 boxes filled with donations for Catholic Charities and filled bundles for Freedom House, with some items layed at the foot of a large wooden cross while others were placed into the form of a cross. Brenda Milleville, St. Anthony junior high religion teacher, said she had heard about the opening of the shelter and then instructed students to bring in supplies for both organizations throughout Lent.

”I want the students to see what it means to be generous every day,” she said.

Milleville said the students can learn from the donations and the ability to see where their items are going.

”It’s good to share and to give both of time and supplies,” she said. “They can see the value of giving and get to see where it’s going to and the visual of laying items at the foot of the cross really helps.”

Kight ended the assembly by reminding students to pray for those affected by homelessness.

”You’ve done a fabulous job, and we look forward to working with you in the future,” she said. “Thank you for your generosity, and I hope you keep them in your prayers through Easter.”

Jackson Adams can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 131, or jackson.adams@effinghamdailynews.com.