Christmas is known to bring dazzling smiles to children everywhere, and again this year the Sacred Heart student body was committed to ensuring that smiles will appear on the faces of less fortunate area children.
One of the Academy’s most meaningful holiday events is the Stocking Drive, a tradition for over 40 years spearheaded by the Student Council. In late November “STUCO” representatives provide students in their homeroom with the gender and grade of a child to fill a stocking for and remind classmates that their stocking may be the only present that this child receives. Suggested items include small toys, toiletries, winter hats, mittens and scarves, art and school supplies.
The drive culminates when the entire school joins in chapel for the Christmas Prayer Service when each student placing her stocking on the altar. The Student Council then distributes stockings to schools in New Haven—St. Francis/St. Rose, St. Martin de Porres, and public elementary schools.
“The Stocking Drive is not only one of the longest standing traditions at Sacred Heart, but also one of our most treasured,” one member of Student Council offered. “Students, faculty, and staff generously prepare stockings for children in need. It’s such a beautiful sight to see the hundreds of stockings spread across the altar at our annual Christmas Prayer Service, especially knowing that these stockings might be the only gift a child receives at Christmas. We are so very blessed here at Sacred Heart and to extend this blessing to others during the holiday season is truly gratifying.”
Again this year, alumnae got in on the act. Well over 100 graduates, from different classes and decades, joined together at the Alumnae Christmas Stocking Workshop to create stockings.
“I cherish this Sacred Heart tradition…I find joy in filling my stocking each year, knowing what it will mean to a child,” shared an alumna.