CECCE Christmas Food Drive Nets 32,000 Items

Students and staff at Pierre-Savard High School in Barrhaven collected 4,300 items for the Ottawa Snowsuit fund and the Barrhaven Food Cupboard.

The campaign was part of the 2022 Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) Christmas Food Drive. Ottawa’s French Catholic school board collected more than 32,500 food items, hygenic products, toys, clothing and gift cards during the drive.

“This year I am especially proud of everyone’s involvement in this beautiful collective project that helps one’s fellow man. It is reassuring and touching to see that the magic of Christmas is still working,” said Marc Bertrand, the CECCE Director of Education in a press release.

Several local schools in Barrhaven, Nepean and Riverside South took part in the annual drive.

Bernard-Grandmaître Catholic Elementary School collected 1,000 items for the Ottawa Foodbank.

Franco-Ouest High School collected 400 items and also had more than $2,000 in gift cards that were donated to 13 families from the Franco-Ouest community.

George-Étienne-Cartier Catholic Elementary School collected 650 items and $1,460 in gift vsards that were donated to families in the community.

Jonathan-Pitre Catholic School in Riverside South collected 1,800 items along with 800 baby items that were donated to Coopérative Ami-Jeunesse.

Lamoureux Catholic Elementary School donated 785 items to Coopérative Ami-Jeunesse.

Laurier-Carrière Catholic Elementary School donated 500 items to Coopérative Ami-Jeunesse.

Marius-Barbeau Catholic Elementary School collected 450 items and gift cards from Walmart and Food Basics for the Salvation Army and families in the community.

Sainte-Bernadette Catholic Elementary School gathered 10,000 kids’ clothing items for Coopérative Ami-Jeunesse.

Sainte-Geneviève Catholic Elementary School collected 800 gift cards for community families and Coopérative Ami-Jeunesse.

Sainte-Kateri Catholic Elementary School rounded up 1,350 items and gift cards for the Barrhaven Food Bank and Coopérative Ami-Jeunesse.

With 26,000 students in 59 schools, The CECCE is the largest French school board outside of Quebec.