These community service-minded high schoolers are paying it forward.
Students from Bishop Kearney High School managed to collect 40 large cartons of non-perishable food items to donate to the Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at Saint Athanasius Church (2154 61st Street).
The Catholic girls school’s student council sponsored its annual Thanksgiving food drive during the week of November 14. Once again, the drive was a huge success, and the students were proud to help make the holiday little brighter for struggling families, according to school administrators.
Saint A’s food pantry — which has been serving the wider Bensonhurst community for more than a decade — will distribute approximately 65 turkey baskets to needy neighbors on Saturday, according to associate pastor Father Ronald D’Antonio.
“We distribute food to the needy usually on Wednesdays,” the pastor said. “We have regular clients and don’t turn anybody away, but we get a lot more requests around Thanksgiving time.”
The Kearney girls “were very generous,” he added.
The local Boy Scouts chapter has volunteered to stuff and distribute the holiday baskets at tomorrow’s event. Anyone who would like to make a donation, can reach Father D’Antonio at (718) 236-0124 x13.