BRANFORD — Students and faculty from the East Shoreline Catholic Academy recently offered a series of gift bags and supplies as a Christmas donation to the Amistad Catholic Worker House on Rosette Street, according to a release from the school.
A few members of the staff brought more than 100 gift bags to the worker house Monday, with hopes of making “Christmas a little brighter for those in need.”
The worker house, operated by Luz Catarineau-Colville and Mark Colville, the 2019 Register Persons of the Year, distributed more than 300 bags Christmas Eve morning, according to the release.
The house serves 30 to 75 people breakfast and lunch each day, Catarineau-Colville said in the release.
“The food is obtained through donations from UNH, Yale dining, churches, plus people of their extended community they’ve met along the way. Luz indicated people from St. Thomas Moore make lunch on Thursdays, and friends with family throughout the shoreline help out. Co-founder husband Mark covers most of the meals, along with Luz when she is not working,” according to the release. They serve meals to anyone joining during meal hours, no identification is required, but Luz says it is a weapon, alcohol, and drug free zone.”
The academy, “a successor school of Our Lady of Mercy and St. Mary Schools, located in Branford,” serves students Pre-K through 8th grade, with hopes of “preparing individual students to be our future leaders rooted in faith, service, and academic excellence.”