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Gonzaga Christmas Drive Highlights Importance of Generosity

The holidays are fast approaching, and Campus Ministry spent the last six weeks organizing the annual Gonzaga Christmas Drive! The drive seeks to emulate the life and service of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, SJ, who worked with the poor and afflicted in Italy during the late 16th century. Loyola hosted its first drive in 2010, and it has since become an important holiday tradition at the Academy.
The generosity of our community helped Loyola raise over $30,000 to benefit deserving families at St. Thomas of Canterbury and Maternity Blessed Virgin Mary parishes in Chicago. During this time of crisis and need, these funds enabled us to provide 400 $75 Target gift cards for students and families before Christmas.

Dumbach Pumpkin Auction—October 25–27
Sponsored by the Dumbach Scholars and created by Dumbach Scholars and Honors Art students, creatively decorated pumpkins were on display and available for auction in the Piazza. Bidding was conducted as a “silent auction” on paper near each pumpkin and closed at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28. The 2021 Dumbach Pumpkin Auction raised $659—thank you to all who placed bids!

Ornament Auction—November 10–15
Through a collaboration between Campus Ministry and the Visual Arts Departments, fifty ornaments beautifully decorated by students, faculty and staff were auctioned off online. To everyone in our community who placed a bid and helped us raise $1,875—thank you!

In addition, students enjoyed a number of fun ways to give back during the school day including Halloween “boo” grams ($239), a dress down day ($1607), a library collection ($1500), a bake sale ($341) and a fundraising contest ($60) that resulted in Student Council President Liam Zidar ’22 wearing a Thanksgiving turkey costume on the day before break.

One of the aims of the drive is to demonstrate how even small acts of generosity add up to create a big impact. For students, the Gonzaga Drive is a valuable learning experience and an opportunity to put their faith into practice.

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