La Salle Swim Team Brings Christmas Joy to North Philadelphia Family
The La Salle College High School Swim Team brought Christmas joy through its traditional service project of adopting a deserving family for Christmas. Working with Mr. Carabello and St. Christopher's Hospital, a family was located in Philadelphia who needed help. This family's 12 year old daughter, Faith, is battling a horrible form of cancer. Faith, her 2 brothers, and her parents have had a challenging 6 months.
The La Salle Swim Team pooled their money and went Christmas shopping at Walmart after a Friday afternoon practice. Working with a wish list and a budget, they were able to get gifts, decorations, and much needed groceries for our family. Our team captains negotiated with a local Christmas tree seller and through the generosity of Police Officer Paul Kenny they got the tree for free. The team wrapped all of their gifts and groceries after practice one night in preparation for delivery.
On Sunday, December 19, 2010, perishable groceries were purchased, and the team met at school. The Christmas caravan traveled to North Philadelphia where the tree, gifts, and groceries for Christmas breakfast and dinner, were delivered successfully. With tears flowing freely down her cheeks, Faith's mom hugged each swimmer as they left the house and thanked the team for their generosity. The Explorers made a difference this Christmas for a very deserving family.