Lindsey Harding Spreads Holiday Cheer to St. Bernard High School

(From St. Bernard High School)
PLAYA DEL REY, Calif.�St. Bernard High School was twice-blessed at Thanksgiving this year. The community received a generous donation to its sports program, and was able to give a big donation of their own to needier members of surrounding communities.

The members of St. Bernard High School girl�s basketball team have much to be thankful for as they begin their playing season. Coached by former WNBA player and UCLA superstar, Michelle Greco, this team has recently been the beneficiary of additional �help on the floor� from current WNBA player Lindsey Harding. Current Sparks guard Harding has truly been an angel to the team this season. Not only has she helped out at many after-school practices, but she recently donated adidas track suits, shoes, backpacks, socks and additional basketball equipment for the whole girls� team. Quoting Harding �St. Bernard High School was a loyal supporter of the Sparks throughout last season, allowing the team to utilize their facilities to practice and train. In return, I wanted to show my gratitude by doing something for the girls� basketball program. Being part of the adidas family has been wonderful and having them step up to support St. Bernard has been a blessing. I wish Coach Greco and the Lady Vikings the best of luck this season; I will be cheering.�

Another note of thanks goes to Mrs. Dominique Penn�s Open Heart Foundation. St. Bernard students collected 1000 canned and other non-perishable goods, and hosted Dominique Penn's Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway. Mrs. Penn�s husband, NFL Probowl tackle Donald Penn is an alum of St. Bernard High School, class of 2001. Saturday November 22, fathers and sons from the St. Bernard community, alongside volunteers from the Open Heart Foundation, worked together to distribute turkeys and all the ingredients for a fine Thanksgiving meal. 100 turkeys were donated by Whole Foods and the Penn family. Cardboard boxes and 200 pounds of fresh produce: potatoes, onions, carrots, tomatoes, and celery were generously donated by Fresh Field Foods, owned by St. Bernard alum, Emelio Casteneda. Over 3000 canned and boxed food items from St. Bernard, Narbonne, and Inglewood High Schools completed boxes that Mrs. Penn and her team gave away to needy families.

Says Director of Campus Ministry Kristin Soni, "The St. Bernard student body did an awesome job this year working together collecting food for Mrs. Penn's Open Heart Foundation Food Drive. Together they brought in nearly a thousand non-perishable food items - that's an average of 4 per student! We had 85% participation from the school. For many students, the competition motivated them, and for some it was the positive peer pressure of their classmates. Overall, we had a great 3-week donation drive that culminated in a beautiful prayer service.�