A shopping cart from the Irish Miracle Food Drive rally at St. Patrick's Catholic School in Sarnia. (Photo by Colin Gowdy, 28 Nov 2017)

Students Pull Off Another Miracle

This year’s Irish Miracle Saturday is going in the books as the best ever.

St. Patrick’s High School Chaplain Joseph Palko says 8,753 bags of food were collected for the St. Vincent de Paul.

“It was outstanding,” says Palko. “We had a sense on Friday night that it would be a good one because we had all but four routes covered before the volunteers showed up Saturday morning. Then when every one showed up, we had a record number of volunteers and collected a record number of bags.”

Palko says as many as 600 volunteers participated with Saturday’s collection.

He says the reaction from students is always memorable.

“They always get a kick out of watching the food come in and we see a lot of wide eyes when they see just how many bags of food come back to St. Pat’s – and that’s only one of a number of drop offs. So, I think the greatest story is the students getting excited to see what they do, when they all do their little part.”

He says they also collected over $1,000 in monetary donations.

Students will be back out in April collecting donations for Cyclone Aid.