MSJ Gears Up for Project Help

posted Dec 12, 2011, 8:12 AM by   [ updated Jan 19, 2012, 10:02 AM ]

MSJ Students Collect for Project Help


RUTLAND, VT – For over 40 years, Mount St. Joseph Academy students, faculty/staff, parents, alumni and friends have planned and executed Project Help, a program that provides Christmas baskets for some of the neediest families in the Rutland region.

Project Help is slated for December 21 and 22. MSJ students and volunteers collect food and monetary donations from area residents and businesses on the first day of Project Help, Wednesday, Dec. 21. They will be joined in this effort by eighth grade students from Christ the King School. Students will wear MSJ logo clothing and an MSJ sticker so that they are easily identifiable to community members. The students will then deliver the gift baskets to local families on Thursday, Dec. 22.

In addition to food items, each basket contains gifts for the children of the family. The gifts are donated by the parishioners of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Rutland, as well as by other volunteers. The Vermont Country Store also provides specialty foods to make the baskets memorable.

If you would like to volunteer, make a food or monetary donation or if you have any questions, please contact Mrs.Fortier at
Students knock on most Rutland City doors, but if you live in a remote area or outside the city and wish to contribute, you may drop off your offerings at the MSJ gym on Wednesday during school hours.

Located at 127 Convent Avenue in Rutland, Mount Saint Joseph Academy is a college preparatory Catholic high school specializing in educating the mind and spirit for more than a century. MSJ's tradition of academic excellence in the Rutland region dates back to its founding by the Sisters of Saint Joseph in 1882. For more information, or call (802) 775-0151.


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Christie Ojala, Ashley Bathalon and Olivia Tisdale brave the cold last year during MSJ's most cherished event, Project Help, which warms the hearts of all despite the weather.

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Natalie Hajj, Shea McGee, Kaitlynn Protivansky, Kelsey Gordon and Dewey Corlew take a small break as they gather items for a family using one of the shopping carts loaned to MSJ by an area grocery during last year's Project Help.