Saint John Vianney students give back for the holidays

HOLMDEL — Saint John Vianney High School (SJVHS) students continue to give back to the surrounding community during this holiday season.

Members of the SJVHS National Honors Society (NHS) participated in a pajama drive in conjunction with Jersey Shore Medical Center. Members of the NHS also collected coloring books and crayons that were wrapped and delivered to the children in the Jersey Shore Medical Center Pediatric Unit.

The Saint John Vianney High School Book Club volunteered at Lunch Break in Red Bank on Dec. 14, helping with sorting food items, stocking shelves, taking clients “shopping” and sorting toys.

The SJVHS Lancer football team visited the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home in Edison on Dec. 16. The SJVHS Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) participated in Exercise Club with the veterans, and they also delivered holiday gift bags to each of the residents. The SJVHS Field Hockey team packed up more than 300 gift bags at SJVHS the week prior to the football team’s visit to the veterans’ home. The trip was supervised by retired US Army Colonel Samuel Fuoco, SJVHS Assistant Athletic Director Pat Smith, and SJVHS football coaches Derek Sininsky and Eddie Hernandez.

The SJVHS Ice Hockey Team volunteered with the RAINE (Reaching All In Need Everyday) Foundation on Dec. 10 at Holy Family School. The ice hockey team donated gifts and helped wrap Christmas presents for families in need in the area.