Lasallians in name and spirit donated 15,000 sack lunches on May 15 for Blanchet House and other agencies to distribute to people who need food.
Donors packed sandwiches, cookies, fruit, and cheese into paper lunch bags then drove to La Salle's parking lot. Once there, they stayed in their vehicles while masked La Salle staffers - following strict no-contact protocols - pulled lunches out of trunks and hustled them into other rigs for delivery.
School organizers had hoped to gather 10,000 meals to help Blanchet, which has been giving away about 2,000 to-go meals a day during the pandemic. But by the time the last vehicle drove out of the school parking lot Friday morning, they had amassed more than 15,000 - enough not only for Blanchet but also for several other agencies that feed people who are hungry.
"In tough times people want to help," said Sarah Maher, La Salle's director of service. "We saw that today. And the important thing is how many people are getting fed today."
Donors included current and future students, staffers, alumni, and friends of the school. As she waited in the parking lot to drop off the dozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches she made, Camille Brumbaugh ‘20 said she was glad to help. “I wanted to help improve someone’s situation,” she said.
The "huge outpouring of humble service and love" drive was a fitting way to honor St. John Baptist de La Salle, said Maher. In addition to being the day of the drive, May 15 is Founder's Day, when Lasallians around the world honor De La Salle, known as the founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and patron saint of teachers.
"Today we witnessed light in darkness and joy in sadness," she said. "I know for me, I received great hope that all will be well. Different, but well."