The Chaminade High School Catholic League, supported by the general student body, has raised nearly $7,000 for the Life Center of Long Island through a Baby Bottle Drive. The bottles and funds raised will be donated to the center after Chaminade's Easter recess.
During the Lenten season, Chaminade students collected money that was placed in baby bottles in each of the school's 47 homerooms. A sophomore homeroom and several second-year biology classes netted the most contributions, collectively raising more than $1,000.
The mission of the Life Center is to promote, encourage, and foster public sentiment and respect for the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. The Life Center relies on community support to provide intervention counseling, pregnancy test kits, sonograms, education, and an array of other programs free-of-charge to teen mothers, single parents, and families. The center has also begun a men's program to provide guidance to fathers.
Gloria Schreiber, executive director of the Life Center of Long Island, said, "We are so proud to see such involvement with our young neighbors in the pro-life movement. They are the most pro-life generation ever. They can help end abortion. They are joining with us in the sacred task to change lives one heart at a time."
Lucas Leston '19 was one of the main organizers of the Baby Bottle Drive.
"Every day during the drive, I would be amazed at how many of my classmates cared so much to help people they didn't even know," Leston said. "What we do know is the importance of every human life. We know that we are being called to make a difference."
Dylan Lomelo '20, Lawrence Shammas '19, Leston, and Anthony Arreaga '20, are pictured from left to right.
Bro. Lawrence Syriac, S.M., moderator of the Chaminade Catholic League, said, "The Life Center is an organization that truly does God's work. The compassion and care shown by its volunteers give a voice to the unborn and defend the most vulnerable in our world."
With offices in Massapequa, Deer Park, Hempstead, and Riverhead the Life Center serves more than 300 women each month and assisting 2,500 Long Islanders over the telephone in at same time. It also assists nearly 200 families a month with cribs, car seats, diapers, and other early-childhood necessities.
Chaminade's Catholic League meets once weekly to discuss and evaluate current events and their impact on the Church. The club's members also participate in the March for Life in Washington and perform many service projects across Long Island.