Cemo Auditorium is often a buzz of St. Thomas student activity, whether the latest rave-review theatre production, the rejoicing surround sound from a Christmas concert or a celebratory salute to award-winning Eagle Athletics.
But few swirls within Cemo have ever matched the impact which was recently carried from campus and felt beyond borders.
Evan Chavez ‘19 was side-by-side working in tandem with his fellow sophomores, along with volunteer faculty and staff, donned in hairnets and aprons, stuffing then sealing air-tight packets with food, and packing boxes with life-saving nutrition for the chronically malnourished.
In the afternoon the Class of 2020 assumed the assembly line production, and by the end of the academic day, the collective STH effort, paired with an anonymous donor whose philanthropy graciously provided $25,000 in support, would generate 100,000 meals for villages in Nicaragua, Haiti and Guatemala.
“It’s a great way to help a community, and come together and bond as a (student) group at the same time,” Chavez said. “I didn’t really know what to expect but it’s amazing to think that we could help feed so many people in just a few hours. It’s great that St. Thomas would get us all involved in such a project.”
More than a decade ago St. Thomas Campus Ministry under the dedicated direction of Marty Matulia established a consistently strong relationship with Magnificat House and its Loaves and Fishes program which provides meals for many of Houston’s hungry and homeless.
Prior to the current academic year Matulia connected with Cross Catholic Outreach, a 501c3 Catholic relief and development ministry registered with the Diocese of Palm Beach in South Florida, and quickly recognized an opportunity to galvanize Eagle students and the campus community with a collaborative effort very much consistent with the Basilian mission to serve the needs of others.