|EMSB STUDENTS PREPARE MEALS FOR HOMELESS FOR EIGHTH STRAIGHT YEAR|
MONTREAL, JANUARY 11, 2016 – Just in time for the holidays, students from a number of English Montreal School Board schools spent their final afternoon before winter break preparing over 300 meals for local missions.
Under the guise of Spiritual Community Animator Rocco Speranza, Knights of Columbus Council 14683 members and 50 parent volunteers came together with the students to continue the annual tradition of preparing sandwiches, pasta, salad and desserts for the homeless.
The tradition has blossomed since it began eight years ago with a simple act of kindness by five-year old Gerald McShane student Annalyssa De Genova.
In advance of Christmas 2008, Annalyssa and her father, Febo De Genova, were shopping downtown and about to have lunch when she noticed two men sitting on the street asking for something to eat. Concerned that they would not be eating a lunch too, her father explained that they were homeless and in need. With a simple act of compassion and empathy, Annalyssa offered to give them her sandwich. Her father had a different idea and he purchased lunch for both men.
Eight years later, Annalyssa’s inspiration has led to a coordinated effort and has grown into a wonderful community event that truly puts into action charity, unity, and hope.
Michael J. Cohen