Mite Box Sets All-Time Record for Giving in 2016-17

Nick Fahy '18, Managing Editor

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BC High’s primary charitable arm, the Mite Box, raised over $43,400 for 32 benefitting organizations in 2016-17 in what was a record-setting year for charity at the school.

The Office of Service and Justice Initiatives orchestrates Mite Box giving. Each Thursday of the school year during second period, the Office distributes small red boxes to each classroom and common area to solicit funding for the week’s charity. The boxes are returned each week with the community’s contributions to that charity.

Some charities receive extra help raising awareness from BC High students. In October 2016, the soccer team wore pink for a week and put up signs around campus to raise awareness for the Ellie Fund, a breast cancer fighting organization nominated by soccer coach Billy Ryan.

The Mite Box, together with senior Models of Leadership classes, helps to sponsor a two-week annual Thanksgiving food drive in the weeks leading up to the holiday. The Office of Service and Justice Initiatives also runs an annual gift drive for the non-profit My Brother’s Keeper during the Christmas holiday, culminating in a “wrapping party” during the final days of December where students wrap the gifts they have collected together with their co-curricular clubs.

The first week of giving in the new school year, Sept. 7, 2017, set the single-week record for giving, with $3,094.20 raised for Cristo Rey Jesuit School and Strake Jesuit College Prep, both Houston schools devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

The term “Mite Box” finds its origins in the Bible. In Mark 12: 41-44, the narrator relates how Jesus, as he watched churchgoers fill an offertory plate, described to his disciples that a poor widow who had given a “mite” [a cheap, nearly valueless coin] out of her poverty had given more than rich people who gave out of their abundance. “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

Any BC High community member, past and present, is eligible to nominate an agency to receive a week’s Mite Box. In the past, students, parents, faculty, and alumni have all made successful nominations. Community members interested in nominating an organization to support later this year should contact Fr. Ron Perry at rperry@bchigh.edu, or visit his office on the second floor of Loyola Hall.

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Mite Box Sets All-Time Record for Giving in 2016-17