During the month of November, Marian students collected over 2,500 jars of peanut butter and jelly in preparation for Operation Others Christmas delivery to families in need. With a retail value of approximately $1.80 per jar, that’s $4,500 in peanut butter and jelly!
The drive was sponsored by Marian’s Operation Others, a student-led effort to feed the hungry during the holidays. Founded in 1967 by Creighton Prep, Operations Others now consists of students from all eight Catholic high schools in Omaha. Each year, Operation Others provides 1,500 families with food assistance during the Christmas season. Along with items collected by the other Catholic high schools, the peanut butter and jelly jars will help to fill the Christmas food boxes.
Marian students now turn their focus to Operation Others Delivery Weekend, Dec. 15 to Dec. 17; along with students from the other Catholic high schools, they will spend the weekend packing boxes for hungry families. For many of the students, it is the weekend before finals. Nonetheless, droves of students turn out to form the assembly lines that will fill 1,500 boxes with a holiday turkey and other food staples. Delivery Day, Dec. 17, is the culmination of the students’ fundraising and collection efforts. The day will begin with Mass to bless the endeavor; then, the boxes will be delivered to the homes of those in need.
For Marian senior Maggie Gerards Operation Others is a family tradition; she remembers helping out when her grown-up cousins were high-schoolers. “It’s a huge part of my Christmas,” said Maggie. “When we deliver to the elderly who live alone, they are so happy to see you. I am just grateful to be a part of it.”
Now a member of the core team, Maggie shares her passion for the good work of Operations Others with other Marian students. She and other core team members are responsible for implementing the plan to fill and deliver 1,500 holiday food boxes. This year they staged a pep rally at Marian to inform the student body of the impact and importance of the peanut butter and jelly drive. “We try to include two weeks of food in each holiday box,” said Maggie.
Alumni, family and friends are invited to assist with delivery weekend. For more information about Operations Others and how you can help, visit Creighton Prep.
Founded by the Servants of Mary in 1955, Marian is a Catholic, all-girl college preparatory school twice recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. As Nebraska’s only Class A girls’ high school, Marian provides the opportunities of a large high school in a smaller setting. Marian welcomes students of all cultural, economic and spiritual backgrounds