As the coronavirus has drastically impacted our daily routines and ways of life, one element of hope has been the collective efforts of people assisting one another. As some within the De Smet Jesuit family are struggling during this challenging time, members of our community have begun to rise up and support them as well.
Typically, during this time of year, De Smet Jesuit alumni participate in a class vs. class giving competition called Maroon Madness—which plays off the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament. Given the current circumstances, the campaign has changed to “Maroon Kindness” to directly benefit the Spartan families in need. All proceeds will cover the cost of meals for them.
“Coming together to meet the needs of our community is what it’s all about” said Chef Scott Phillips ’88 of the Food Service Consultants team at De Smet Jesuit.
Since the campaign launched on March 18, the response has been immensely positive, with more than 160 donors having already contributed more than $7,940! The fundraiser will continue in the coming weeks as businesses and the school campus remain closed.
In these dark times, it is inspiring to know that the school mission of “Men for and With Others” is being put to action and continuing to be a beacon of light.
For more information on meal assistance, please contact Director of Diversity and Inclusion Catalina Martinez. If you would like to support this effort, please click here to access our Maroon Kindness webpage.