CROMWELL, Conn. — Story by Emma Ribera Cromwell High School
The Super Bowl is an internationally loved event full of food, friends, and football. However, not everyone has the luxury of enjoying yards worth of food on this day. To help mend this crisis, St. Josephine Bakhita Parish in Rocky Hill brings their Confirmation Classes together on Superbowl Sunday to compete in games and the raising of non-perishable donations.
Carol Rizzo, the Confirmation Coordinator states, “From that single youth group, it started a national organization. And our teenagers, who are in our Confirmation program, have a little competition to see who can raise the most money and food, and it gets distributed to local organizations right here in the Hartford area.”
After mass, the students return to class for food and friendly competition.
Angela Gilberto, a Faith Formation Teacher, says “Both my children have been involved in this program. It teaches them to serve others. Not only do they feel good about themselves, but they help our community. It’s very important for them, and for us as a family, to make sure that everyone in our community is taken care of.”
It’s important to care for the less fortunate throughout all parts of the year, but especially during big consumer holidays like this. According to the United Nations American Food Program, an average of $85 per person was spent on food for this year’s Super Bowl. That could feed a family of 5 for an entire month.
Nick Faits, a Confirmation student, expresses that “It means a lot to me, just to know that we all came together, and we ended up donating, like almost over a thousand food items, and overall we donated exactly four thousand dollars. It just, it really warms my heart to know that we did that.”
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