‘It is part of what God is calling us to do’
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (The Catholic Moment) - Sometime this spring, an orphanage in impoverished El Salvador will receive a school bus, packed full of clothes, shoes, toys, books and toiletries collected by Interact, a service organization at Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School.
CARING - Rebecca Gloyeske, a senior at Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School, Lafayette, Ind., has led her school's Interact organization in an outreach to an orphanage in El Salvador.
“I want to be an elementary school teacher, so I have a thing for little kids,” said the 17-year-old daughter of Steve and Linda Gloyeske of Lafayette. “AIDS has taken a lot of the parents down there, and some of the kids themselves have AIDS. They may not live long enough to leave the orphanage.”
Gloyeske, a member of the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Lafayette, is a top student, an effective volunteer, and “also just a great person,” said Amy Brockman, campus minister at CC. She is vice president of the Student Council and a member of the varsity volleyball and basketball teams.
Mission: El Salvador
A graduate of St. Mary Grade School and St. Boniface Middle School, Gloyeske has been involved in Interact for four years. It is sponsored by Daybreak Rotary. Her older sister, Stephanie, was a member when she attended Central Catholic.
The Gloyeske family also has been active in Jubilee Christmas, and in several mission trips to Mississippi to help people left homeless by Hurricane Katrina.
Each year, Interact plans and executes a major service project. Two years ago, members and adults traveled to El Salvador to paint and decorate the orphanage. When they returned, they reported a real need for material goods for the children, and a bus to replace one that had been stolen.
Rotary Club members purchased a good, second-hand bus that had been used in Crawfordsville. Then Gloyeske’s group asked, “Why not fill it up?”
Interact issued a call for donations through the newspaper, and provided information to the high school community and to local elementary schools. The bus was parked on the lawn at CC for about six weeks to publicize the “Fill the Bus” campaign.
“We received an amazing response,” Gloyeske said. “We had to sort everything, and gave some things — such as winter clothing — to other (charitable) organizations.”
An ‘inspiring’ project
Driving a loaded bus to impoverished El Salvador can be dangerous, she said, so it will be driven to California instead, then shipped to the orphanage.
“This has been inspiring to me,” Gloyeske said. “It wasn’t a ‘local’ project; it was helping people thousands of miles away, but the school and the community responded. I didn’t realize that people are that giving.”
She sees it as yet another example of caring people doing what they can to help.
“I’ve been blessed with a lot of things,” Gloyeske said. “I feel it is our job and our responsibility as Christians to reach out to those who don’t have as much. It is part of what God is calling us to do.”
This story was made available to Catholic Online by permission of The Catholic Moment (www.thecatholicmoment.org), official publication of the Diocese of Lafayette, Ind.
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More Diocese News
- Newman Centers are anchor of faith at public colleges
- A Pinprick to Revive Devotion
- Family celebration: Utah women travel to India to meet with sponsored children
- Deportation of Wis. eighth-grader reveals immigration policy's painful side to class
- Mandatory drug testing to be implemented in Oklahoma City Catholic high schools
- Catechesis of the Good Shepherd ‘hands-on’ religious education gets a look in Texas
- Food versus fuel: Is biofuel production to blame for our present food shortage?
- Spirituality key to the dying patient’s ‘quality of life,’ says Catholic doctor
- Bioethics battle is between contrary visions of the human person, says Rome professor
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?