Our Lady of Mercy Academy students have been very busy working to help individuals in need, especially those affected as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
Over the past few weeks, OLMA students conducted a New York Blood Center Blood Drive, Hurricane Relief Supplies Drive, Thanksgiving Food Drive, Winter Coat & Clothing Drive, and most recently, a Toy Drive.
With 64 Mercy girls attempting to donate blood, 55 pints of blood were successfully collected to help build the dwindling blood supply immediately following the hurricane. Donations received from hurricane relief efforts found their way to residents most in need, specifically, Long Beach and the Rockaways. Clothing and food were given to The INN, in Hempstead. The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network) is a not-for-profit organization that feeds and shelters the homeless on Long Island. Many items collected from these drives were shared with local parish Outreach programs (St. Edward the Confessor), as well as the Vietnam Veterans of America and the Lupus Foundation. Toys collected from the ongoing Toy Drive will also be sent to The INN to help bring some joy to the lives children who are homeless.
Guided by the principles of Fides, Mores and Cultura, the faculty and staff of Our Lady of Mercy Academy is proud to see how its young women have answered the call to serve others by acting as authentic witnesses of Catholic values in their local communities and beyond.