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Oct 06, 2017

Saint John Vianney High School “Stuffs The Bus” For Texas

Saint John Vianney High School (SJVHS) students, staff, and faculty participated in a Texas Hurricane Relief Drive along with Holmdel Fire & Rescue Company #2 and the Holmdel OEM. The SJVHS community collected items such as batteries, diapers, toiletries, cleaning supplies, buckets, work gloves, flashlights, first aid kits, laundry detergent, storage bins, blankets, and socks. These items were packed in an SJVHS school bus and brought to Holmdel Fire & Rescue Company #2, where they will be delivered to those in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

SJVHS Advancement Officer Mrs. Julie Pasquale and SJVHS Principal Mr. Steven DiMezza organized this event, along with Holmdel Detective Eric Hernando. Mrs. Pasquale stated, “It’s not my nature to be a spectator, to stand by and watch. Stuff the Bus for Texas was a humbling experience for me. It directed me to refocus from the trivial onto what matters. What matters is trying to provide comfort and relief to so many people in need.”

Many students helped to transport the items that were collected. SJVHS junior Coleton DiMezza said, “Ever since I heard reports about Hurricane Harvey, I instantly thought about how Hurricane Sandy tremendously affected me in 2012. Sandy blew in and destroyed a big portion of certain parts of New Jersey, and I cannot imagine how Houston was going to prepare for a similar storm. There simply isn’t a way to prepare. This is why I felt the need to give back and possibly help the people of Houston. Even in small amounts, any donation to people in need can be helpful. I am glad the SJV community was able to contribute to this amazing cause. My prayers go out to all the people affected by the storm.”

“My heart swells thinking about the outpouring of support through the generous donations we received from our community,” stated Mrs. Pasquale. “Everyone, in their own way, pitched in to aid those impacted by this disaster. I feel that it made deeper connections within our SJVHS community as well as re-instilling gratitude in our hearts.”