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Mount Honor Students Create ‘Blessing Bags’

Mount Saint Mary College students put together “Blessing Bags” on Wednesday, May 1.
Mount Saint Mary College students put together “Blessing Bags” on Wednesday, May 1.

NEWBURGH – Students from Mount Saint Mary College’s Honors program demonstrated a strong sense of community service as they stuffed “Blessing Bags” for the clients of local charitable organization, the Newburgh Ministry.

The Blessing Bags project is a student-led initiative that not only gives those in need assistance, but also fosters a sense of agency and empowerment among participants. This project, led by students from the Mount’s chapter of Alpha Chi Honor Society and Honors Program, in partnership with the Dominican Scholars of Hope, supplies basic necessities such as toiletries to people facing homelessness and adversity in the Newburgh area.

“Our students are the stars of this initiative, demonstrating leadership, empathy, and a genuine desire to make a positive impact in our community,” said Marie-Therese Sulit, professor of English and director of the Honors Program. “Their dedication and enthusiasm serve as an inspiration to us all.”

With the help of instructors and staff, the students have put together more than 80 blessing bags, of which there were 32 for women and 49 for men.

“The true spirit of Mount Saint Mary is reflected in the way that its students work together to uphold the values of compassion, solidarity, and service,” said Sulit.

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