November 26, 2019 (Torrance, CA): Bishop's longest running service program, Concordia Club, joined forces with our theology classes this holiday season to share Christmas joy with those less fortunate. Two projects kept our Knights busy-- preparing holiday gift bags for orphans in Tijuana and making blankets for children in local hospitals. With both Concordia Club members and religion classes participating, over 400 students contributed to these humanitarian efforts.
Concordia and theology students collected gifts for 127 children at the Casa de Hogar Orphanage in Sonora, Mexico. Each orphan's Christmas bag includes a sweatshirt, hat, mittens, a pair of shoes, and holiday snacks. The club also used funds raised during Homecoming Week to buy diapers and formula for the home's infants. Sr. Margaret Farrell of Covenant House Los Angeles is Bishop's liaison to the orphanage and, with her crew, transported all of the items to the orphanage over the Thanksgiving holiday. The children will receive the gifts at their annual Christmas party.
In addition to their orphanage campaign, Concordia Club also continued its baby blanket project, making fleece blankets for children who will spend the holidays at local hospitals including Little Company of Mary, Torrance Memorial, and UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital. Working during their lunch periods, the students crafted dozens of hand-made blankets, wrapping each with a special message from Concordia Club. The blankets will be delivered to each hospital for staff to share with any child who is admitted to its pediatric unit for an extended stay.