Outreach Club serves Christmas dinner to the community


Ellen Dieteman, Staff writer

Cathedral Prep’s Outreach Club (formerly Interact and Key Club) and Campus Ministry hosted their annual Christmas dinner on Sunday, Dec. 11, at the main entrance of the Student Life Center on W. 10th Street.

After spreading Christmas cheer abroad with the Operation Christmas Child boxes, the club served the members of the Erie community most in need. Guests were provided boxed meals of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and vegetables, as well as dessert items, free of charge. Attendees received warm clothes, paid for with the money raised by the student dress down and December Christmas sock and tie fundraiser, for the coming cold winter months. Children also received toys as part of the holiday season.

The dinner provided students with the opportunity to aid others during the Advent season, and many happily accepted the call.

“I love serving those in need,” senior Outreach Club board member Delina Asgedom said.

The event had a profound impact on the community, serving approximately 750 people, both in person at Prep and at Community Shelter Services and other facilities that serve the needy, where the extra food and items were donated.

“I know that our Erie community has many people in need, but when you see that need in person it does leave an impact,” history teacher and Outreach Club advisor Mrs. Martin said. “Seeing people excited to be able to receive clean socks, a new toothbrush, and a warm meal is overwhelming. I was happy that we could help, but sad that people are in situations where they are so grateful for something so many of us take for granted.”