New Mother Supply Drive


Students collect supplies for new moms


Three students at Saint Bernard School were recently featured on WTNH News 8’s news segment called Wednesday Warriors.

Olivia Gionet, Anna Kate O’Donnell and Sarah O’Donnell spoke about their mission to collect supplies to benefit new mothers and their babies through Care Net PRC in New London.

“We’ve all been to Catholic schools our whole lives and they’ve always taught us to live like Christ did and we thought, what better way than to help mothers and babies and the whole entire community by giving back,” said Anna Kate.

Following her passion to work in the medical field with women and children, Olivia spearheaded the community service project to collect supplies for pregnant women in need and their babies. She recruited friends Anna Kate, a freshman, and Sarah, a seventh-grader, to help hand out flyers at Saint Agnes and Mathias churches. They then collected supplies as well as monetary donations for the cause.

“I’ve always just really enjoyed helping others,” Olivia said.

More than 40 boxes of diapers, 180 packs of wipes, 45 outfits, blankets and hundreds of personal care products were collected and placed into 50 care packs for moms and babies. The girls also received over $1,500 in cash which was used to buy 14 car seats and four pack-and-play cribs. 

The girls delivered the supplies to CareNet where the director was overwhelmed with emotions.

She spoke of how this group of teenage girls took time over the summer to support those who are choosing life in these tough times.

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