Students’ sacrificial giving a lesson and a blessing

Students’ sacrificial giving  a lesson and a blessing
Front: Jacob Essa, Nicholas Rukab and John Costa; back: Ricardo Bedoya, Board Chair, Catholic Charities-Jacksonville, Rev. Michael Morgan and Jennifer Garizio, Catholic Charities-Jacksonville, Executive Director

Front: Jacob Essa, Nicholas Rukab and John Costa; back: Ricardo Bedoya, Board Chair, Catholic Charities-Jacksonville, Rev. Michael Morgan and Jennifer Garizio, Catholic Charities-Jacksonville, Executive Director

Three students from San Jose Catholic School did something that truly exemplifies the meaning of sacrifice. Completely on their own, without any prompting from their parents, John Costa, Jacob Essa and Nicholas Rukab gave up birthday presents on their tenth birthday and asked for monetary donations to help others in need. They collected more than $500 at their joint birthday party and then their parents made contributions in order to give Catholic Charities a donation of $1,000 to help those the agency serves. The students were recognized and presented with a thank-you plaque at a Catholic Charities board meeting on
March 20.

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