st-viator-feeder-group-photo-boys-at-fmscOne of the main tenets of the Viatorian Community is to fight hunger—locally and worldwide. That commitment could be seen last weekend, as more than 200 Saint Viator students and families participated in a Hope-Filled Holidays event supporting Feed My Starving Children in Schaumburg.

They were part of a massive meal-packing session that took place over three days at the Schaumburg Convention Center and drew 7,500 volunteers in all. At the end of the weekend, the combined support had packed a whopping 1.4 million meals.

Each was packed with nutritious meals of soy, vegetables, vitamins, and rice. They were loaded into boxes and will be shipped to mission partners in 70 countries around the world, including Haiti, whose livestock, crops, and seeding for next year was wiped out by Hurricane Matthew.

“The Saint Viator presence was significant at this weekend event,” says Mr. Bart Hisgen, director of Christian service and outreach, who helped to coordinate the event. “It was exciting to see so many families involved.”

4Saint Viator students included National Honor Society members, international students, and their host families, as well as those involved with Christian Service and even faculty and staff members.

A special Saint Viator group included 90 members of the feeder basketball program, including members of the sixth, seventh and eighth-grade teams, their coaches and families, who experienced the Viatorian charism of service, firsthand.

st-viator-volunteers-sarah-molly-younger-sister-delachLarry Perkins, who coaches the eighth-grade boys’ feeder team, joined with his players in packing meals.

“This is consistent with the goal of Saint Viator developing young men and women — rather than just basketball players,” Perkins said.

Sarah Delach signed up her freshmen, Molly and Michael, through the Christian Service office, and she ended up staying and volunteering with them.

“I wanted to teach them to help other kids, especially during the holidays,” Delach said, “but it turned out to be as fun to give as to get.”