Students Team Up to Deliver
On a very early late August morning, the Little Sisters of the Poor were greeted at the front door by a group of high school athletes—Buddy’s Helpers—bearing a delicious breakfast of coffee, doughnuts, and bagels for the Residents of St. Mary’s Home.
In partnership with the PepsiCo Showdown, the largest high school sports series in the country, Buddy’s Helpers is a nonprofit organization uniting student athletes from area high schools who are focused on making a difference on AND off the field. Buddy’s Helpers works to promote leadership, develop strong teamwork skills, and champion the importance of giving back to the community.
Of course, because of social distancing and COVID-19 restrictions, the students could not enter St. Mary’s Home. Nonetheless, our Residents, Sisters, and staff appreciated the kind gesture and were cheered by the enthusiasm and energy of these early risers. To be sure, it was inspiring to see the young show concern for our Residents.
Although these athletes had to run to their next scheduled stop in a very busy day of service, the students took a few minutes to share with us details about what sport they played, which high school they attended, and what grade they were in. There was a diverse mix of sports represented by this crew of athletes, including swimming, lacrosse, and soccer.
It was a pleasure to get to know these dedicated teens, and we are thankful for their generous sacrifice of their morning to give to our Residents. Although athletes may be no strangers to early mornings, we are very glad that they chose to give their time to us.
With waves and many smiles beneath their masks, these young men and women were off. Soon each Resident was offered a doughnut or bagel and a piping hot cup of coffee. This continental breakfast was a great way to start a morning here at St. Mary’s Home. We thank these teens—Buddy’s Helpers—for brightening the day for our Residents.