March 6, 2017, 8:01 am
by Marcela Trevino, SJA Class of 2019
"As a dog lover, I presented it to the Marist Youth leaders, and they all thought it would be a great idea to help the dogs who are in need of food.” Mrs. Leatrice Bradford
On Jan. 30, 2017, Saint Joseph Academy (SJA) Marist Youth leaders kicked off a dog food collection drive benefiting the Brownsville Animal Care Center. Marist Youth asked all SJA students to donate a 35-pound bag of dry dog food (kibble).
This collection drive idea started last year when Mrs. Leatrice Bradford, the Marist Youth moderator, read an article in The Brownsville Herald stating that the Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center was running low on dog food. She shared that "As a dog lover, I presented it to the Marist Youth leaders, and they all thought it would be a great idea to help the dogs who are in need of food.” Sophomore, Gustavo Ramirez, said that he donated dog food because “part of being a Catholic is to help the ones in need”.
Last year, SJA collected approximately 1,100 pounds of dry dog food. According to Mrs. Bradford, between Jan. 30 and Feb. 9, SJA collected about 1,200 pounds of dry dog food this year.