Greenburgh Academy Christmas Drive 2016

Greenburgh Academy Christmas Drive 2016
Posted on 12/20/2016
GA Christmas Drive

"Children don't often care about how much you know until they know how much you care." -R.W. Emerson



Student-athletes around the Irvington area got in to the spirit of giving to those less fortunate this holiday season. On Tuesday, December 20th, 25 students involved in the Immaculate Conception CYO Basketball program volunteered to provide presents for 14 boys and girls who are enrolled at the Greenburgh Academy School in Yonkers, NY. 

This is the Ninth year that this event has taken place. Melissa Phillips and Noreen Degnan, two educators at the Greenburgh Academy school, organized the students at both the school and the Immaculate Conception CYO program, and had the athletes present gifts to the Greenburgh Academy students. 

Students in need this holiday season were identified through the clinicians at the Greenburgh Academy school. Mrs. Degnan then gathered a Christmas wish list from each student and then passed the list to the coaches and parents in the CYO program. Each team in the CYO program were assigned a student and collected money to buy presents off the wish lists. 

Noreen Degnan, the founder and organizer of the event is not only an educator at the Greenburgh Academy school, but is also the Director of the Immaculate Conception CYO basketball league.
"It's a lesson that goes both ways," said Noreen Degnan. "The Christmas spirit isn't about receiving presents, but about sharing what we have with those in need. Our kids at Greenburgh Academy often struggle around the holidays. Through this experience, they learn that there are people in the world who want to help those in need. The athletes involved who volunteer to give the gifts learn a much more powerful lesson; they realize how lucky they are to have the blessings in their lives, and they learn how to appreciate what they have, and how wonderful it is to give to others. It's a very powerful and emotional learning experience for all involved."  
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