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Collecting and Caring: St. Bernard Girls Help New Moms, Babies

Posted on December 13, 2022 in: School News

Collecting and Caring:  St. Bernard Girls Help New Moms, Babies

Three students at St. Bernard School in Uncasville are on a mission to change the lives of new mothers and their babies. 

Olivia Gionet, Anna Kate O’Donnell and Sarah O’Donnell collected supplies this summer to benefit the Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center in New London. 

“We’ve all been to Catholic schools our whole lives and they’ve always taught us to live like Christ did. We thought, ‘What better way than to help mothers and babies and the entire community by giving back,’” Anna Kate said. 

The girls recently were featured on WTNH News 8’s segment called “Wednesday Warriors.” 

Following her passion to work in the medical field with women and children, Olivia spearheaded the community service project to collect supplies for pregnant women in need and their babies. She recruited friends Anna Kate, a freshman, and Sarah, a seventh grader, to help hand out flyers at Sts. Agnes and Mathias churches. They then collected supplies and monetary donations for the cause. 

“I’ve always just really enjoyed helping others,” Olivia said.  

More than 40 boxes of diapers, 180 packs of wipes, 45 outfits, blankets and hundreds of personal care products were collected and placed into 50 care packs for moms and babies. The girls also received more than $1,500 in cash, which was used to buy 14 car seats and four pack-and-play cribs.   

The girls delivered the supplies to Care Net, where the director was overwhelmed with emotion. She spoke of how this group of teenage girls took time over the summer to support those who are choosing life in these tough times.


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