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2nd Annual “Champions of Charity” drive kicks off September 26th

St. Vincent de Paul Detroit is teaming up with high school students from the Detroit Catholic League to help families in need  during their 2nd Annual Champions of Charity drive.

Prep Bowl Photo

1st Annual Champions of Charity Winners from Gabriel Richard pose with the trophy at the Prep Bowl

Students from participating Catholic League high schools will compete to see who can collect the most clothing and shoes from their local communities. The school that raises the most items in pounds will be crowned the 2016 “Champion of Charity,” at the Catholic Prep Bowl in October at Ford Field.

The winning school also receives a traveling trophy and “bragging rights,” for the year, as well as t-shirts for their students to mark their participation.

Last year’s winning school, Gabriel Richard Catholic High School in Riverview, collected over 6,100 pounds of clothing to earn their title.  The total poundage collected by all schools was in excess of 31,000 pounds.  The program officially kicks off the week of September 26th.

“The Champions of Charity program is a fantastic way for high school students to work together in a fun competition to provide for the needs of the less fortunate,” said Chris Stark, Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul. “It provides a friendly rivalry between schools, with the real winners being the families that St Vincent de Paul helps!”

The public is encouraged to donate items to the Champions of Charity campaign through their local Catholic high school.