Abby Blackmore and Sophia Naroian recently donated I-Care packages filled with essential toiletry items to the guests of St. Francis House. Abby, a Senior at Nashoba Regional High School, first learned of St. Francis House while interning with Representative Kate Hogan last summer. While interning with Representative Hogan, Abby had the chance to hear Karen LaFrazia, President and CEO of St. Francis House speak. Moved by Karen’s words, Abby and Sophia felt compelled to get their student entrepreneurial organization, DECA, involved with St. Francis House.
Each year, DECA plans a community service project to raise money for a particular organization as well as promote awareness of the work of the organization. Along with Interact, a community service club at Nashoba, the girls decided to organize a project to support the guests of St. Francis House. Over the school year, Abby and Sophia have orchestrated blanket drives, shoe drives, and raised money to support the life-saving programs offered at St. Francis House.
I-Care packages assembled for guests
Most recently, Abby and Sophia, along with members of the clubs, created “I-Care” package for guests. Students from both DECA and Interact assembled the baskets which brimmed with toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, etc. Throughout these projects, Abby and Sophia’s goal has been to continually involve the people in their communities in an effort to impact people in the greater Boston community in meaningful ways.
Tied to the mission
Ultimately, Abby and Sophia chose to center their community service project this year around St. Francis House because of the mission of the organization. Both girls remarked that the comprehensive, multi-faceted services offered at St. Francis House set it apart from other shelters and organizations serving a similar population.
Thank you to Abby, Sophia, and their entire communities for their support of St. Francis House and the guests we serve each and every day.