Christmas Adopt-a-Family Program Assists Local Families in Need

Generosity is abundant at Marist School throughout the year, but, during the holiday season especially, the school community embraces opportunities to serve. Service to the poor, marginalized, and underserved is essential to the Marist spirit. During the Advent season, we are called to serve others as Christ did, and Marist School has a long tradition of giving to the community at this time.
Karen Shanahan, director of campus ministry, plans and coordinates the Christmas Adopt-A-Family program. The families, selected based on their needs, come from PATH Academy, Caminar Latino, St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, La Cosecha, Lake Forest Elementary, and individual families in need. This Christmas, the Marist School community adopted nearly 60 families ranging in size from four to eight members.

The Christmas Adopt-A-Family program provides profiles for each family in need, including a wish list of clothing and household items as well as a gift wish for each family member. Giving to others through the program has become a tradition for many Marist families and provides them with the chance to spread Christmas cheer to those who are less fortunate.

In addition to the Christmas Adopt-A-Family project, Marist School holds an annual Christmas Toy Drive. This year’s drive collected nearly 800 new toys that were distributed to families in need.

The joy found in giving back to the community is part of what makes Marist School so special. If you’d like to get involved with community service projects, visit the Campus Ministry Office or contact Karen Shanahan at

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