This weekend, the Service with a Smile club at St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School are hosting a Christmas party for homeless youth in Brampton.

Preparing decorations, crafts, games and serving food are just some of the ways the school club will be helping Regeneration Outreach Community, a homeless shelter dedicated to providing a safe space and support programs. Children will also receive awrapped present from Santa, many of whom wouldn’t otherwise get to experience this kind of Christmas.

“The environment here at St. Thomas Aquinas is truly amazing,” said Olivia Novak, Chaplaincy Leader at St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. “Students and staff work together every day towards a common purpose, combining faith and dedication to help our local community.”

The Service with a Smile team is comprised of 58 committed high school students who work together to make a difference, often staying everyday after school to ensure community events like the Regeneration Christmas party take place.

Bringing people together and sharing Christmas spirit is another way the students at Ontario’s Catholic schools go above and beyond to make a loving difference in their community.

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