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Spirit of Acadiana: Cathedral-Carmel hurricane supply drive

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The fourth-grade classes of Cathedral-Carmel School are helping their peers at an elementary school in Orange, Texas that was ravaged by Hurricane Harvey.

It all started with a grandmother from Ohio, who watched news reports of the South Texas flooding, decided she wanted to make a difference.

Nancy Pressler is that grandmother, "I contacted a woman in Orange, Texas and said I wanted to help displaced veterans. She said that the children at the school needed more help, so I said I'd like to help the 4th graders. She said there are 150 students in the 4th grade and I said 'I'm gonna make every one of them a backpack."

So Pressler, whose grandchildren just so happen to attend Cathedral, met with the school principal to form a plan. From there, the backpack drive became a school supply drive and was eagerly embraced by fourth-grade teachers, Ms. Evans, Ms. Dubois, and Ms. Speer.

Each class was given a specific list of items to collect, and last week, those items filled six tables. The items collected may not seem like much, but many of the students in Orange lost everything in the hurricane.

"Not only did they lose their school, but they lost their homes. They have nothing. I just thought, if I can do something small like this; that's what I want to do," explained Pressler.

In total, some 80 or so students at Cathedral put the needs of others before their own. Our youngest Acadiana residents are showing us how to give this season with action and saying "Merry Christmas" to their brethren who lost so much in Texas.

So a tip of the Christmas hat to the fourth graders of Cathedral-Carmel. In fact, they're more than students. They are indeed junior philanthropist.

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