Sisters Ali and Olivia Kay helped to fill 500 lunch bags for the homeless at St. Bernadette Catholic Elementary School in Edmonton.Lincoln Ho, Grandin Media

Students bring Christmas spirit by making 500 meals for the homeless

St. Bernadette school participates in SantaYEG program

Students at St. Bernadette Catholic Elementary School in the Beverly neighbourhood of north Edmonton helped to fill 500 bagged meals for the homeless as they participated in the SantaYEG initiative on Dec. 11.

Student Olivia Kay was among more than 200 students who helped to fill each paper bag with a sandwich, an orange and a candy cane. Students from kindergarten to Grade 6 also hand-decorated Christmas cards for each bag.

Elementary school students at St. Bernadette decorating Christmas cards for the homeless.

Staff and parent volunteers at the school delivered the meals the same evening to various inner-city agencies, which included Hope Mission.

“I feel warm inside because I’m helping people who don’t have as much stuff as I do,” Kay said in an interview.

Jeff Tetz, founder of SantaYEG, was moved by their new partnership with St. Bernadette school. He tweeted, saying the school, “basically shut down for the entire day to make meals for the homeless community to create hand-written Christmas cards that would accompany those meals with words of kindness.

SantaYEG is an organization created to deliver compassion and fueled by Edmontonians who care about making a difference. This year’s campaign was to feed the less fortunate.

In addition to the bagged meals prepared by St. Bernadette students, 350 servings of chili were also donated by generous partners in the community.