During the month of November the 7th grade class at Our Lady of Mercy Academy collected items to support the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge. This non-profit, “no –kill” shelter located in Oakland, NJ provides shelter and medical treatment to dogs and cats in need. The class created posters to spread the word. The OLMA families supported the cause by donating hundreds of items from dog and cat food to pet toys and doggie treats. Each class at OLMA takes on a cause each year. This sense of helping others is part of the community focus and caring for others that is taught at OLMA.
The third grade classes recently participated in a food drive sponsored by the Catholic Charities Emergency Food and Nutrition Network. Breakfast was the focus of their service project, students collected and donated approximately 300 breakfast food items. Catholic Charities provides food and basic necessities to food pantries throughout the Archdiocese of Newark, among other good works. They assist the poor, the elderly, the homebound and those who live on a fixed income who struggle to buy nutritious food.