La Salle Swim Team Brings Christmas Joy to Levittown Family With Annual Service Project
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 Levittown who needed help. This family's 8 year old son is battling brain cancer. The family's mother had to give up her job to care for her youngest son. In addition to the youngest son, there are 2 other sons and a daughter. One son has autism and the other a brain injury. Their lives were suddenly changed last summer when the 8 year old was diagnosed with cancer.
The La Salle Swim Team pooled their money and went Christmas shopping at Target after a Friday afternoon practice. Working with a wish list and a budget, they were able to get Christmas gifts for the family. The team also went shopping for decorations and much needed groceries. The team wrapped all of their gifts after practice one night in the cafeteria in preparation for delivery.
On Sunday, December 18, 2011 the team met at school to drive to their adopted family's home. The Christmas caravan traveled to Levittown to deliver the gifts and groceries for Christmas. One of the swimmers dressed as Santa Claus and greeted not only the adopted family, but other neighborhood children who called from their front doors. Swimmers played XBOX with the 8 year old who had been waiting all day to meet the team.
With so much happening this Christmas season, meeting the family and trying to help a mom overloaded with unbearable challenges reminded everyone of the true meaning of Christmas.
For more information on other La Salle College High School service initiativs, visit www.lschs.org/service.