Notre Dame-Fairfield Students Collect 200 Turkeys

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Notre Dame-Fairfield's Key Club members and advisers brought donations to Sister Theresa Tremblay. (See story for identifications.) Photo Credit: Contributed
Notre Dame-Fairfield's Key Club collected more than 200 turkeys for its annual Thanksgiving food drive. Photo Credit: Michael Lenard
Notre Dame-Fairfield seniors Lauren Jones (left) and Aly Furgiuele (right) deliver turkeys to the Daughters of Charity rescue mission in Bridgeport. Photo Credit: Michael Lenard

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The following article was written by Michael Lenard, a senior at Notre Dame High School in Fairfield. If  you are a local high school student who is interested in writing for The Fairfield Daily Voice, contact

Students, faculty and friends of Notre Dame High School contributed 201 frozen turkeys to the Kiwanis Educating Youth (Key) Club’s Thanksgiving food drive for Bridgeport residents in need.

On the Friday before Thanksgiving, Key Club members  dropped off food at the Daughters of Charity rescue mission in Bridgeport. The mission is run by Sister Theresa Tremblay.

In addition to the turkeys, the group arrived with canned vegetables, cereal, juices and more traditional Thanksgiving foods.

The donations far surpassed Sister Tremblay's expectations, and members of the mission were thankful for the school’s contribution. This year's donations were more essential than in past years because of the many people devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Other groups donated large amounts of food to the Daughters of Charity. The mission's main building — where it runs a pre-school program for local children — had many rooms filled with donations. The generosity of Fairfield County residents was evident in the number of donated food items.  

The Key Club at Notre Dame will run two more major donation drives this school year: one at Christmas and one at Easter — both collaborations with the Daughters of Charity.

The Daughters of Charity convent is a rescue mission located on North Avenue in Bridgeport.  For more information about its charity work, visit the mission's website.

Photo: Seniors Lauren Jones, Sandie Samrin, Aly Furgiuele, Michael Lenard, Sara Figueroa, and Sofi Geismar; sophomores Becky Stefanatos and Morgan Sweeney; freshman Tim Furgiuele; faculty members Sherrie Zembrzuski and Claudia Miller; and Daughters of Charity director Sister Theresa Tremblay.

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