Students, staff and supporters of Saint Cornelius Catholic School donated hundreds of gifts to the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP) to benefit 22 homeless families.
St. Cornelius Principal Shervin Moradi contacted GRIP in November, after learning about the agency’s Adopt-A-Family Campaign, which matches local businesses, churches, individuals/families with homeless families residing in the GRIP Family Housing Shelter.
Moradi and her staff wanted to provide a family with toys and clothing for the holidays. Not only did St. Cornelius School adopt a family, they purchased toys for children and adults of all ages living in the shelter.
“This is our way of giving back. We know that GRIP helps a lot of less fortunate people in the community. So this is our way to support the work. Our team wanted to make sure we help bring joy to these families on Christmas Day. We are happy to support an agency such as GRIP,” said Moradi.
“We are moved by the generosity displayed by the St. Cornelius students, staff and supporters. St. Cornelius provides quality education to many low-income families—the fact that the staff and students, many of which have their own financial limitations, thought enough of our families in need speaks volumes. The staff really cares about the people they serve,” said Lloyd Madden President of the Black American Political Action Committee (BAPAC).
Kia Croom is a contributing writer for the Richmond Post.