Mission Drive highlights spirit of giving

Brittney Giardina, Editor-in-chief

Every year the Christian Life Community, a club dedicated to service, sponsors the Mission Drive in order to raise money for Carmelite missions.

“The money sent to Timor-Leste and developing countries is used to build wells to supply communities with clean water, provide meals for families, and help aid the Sisters of Mount Carmel located in Timor-Leste,” said senior Chelsea Everett, president of CLC.

“Over the years, the Mission Drive has provided the funds for multiple wells and even a vehicle for the sisters to use in the rough roads that they must travel normally by foot to educate the children of the community,” continued Everett.

But the Mission Drive isn’t just for the Carmelites. Last year, CLC was able to help fund the missions, while also contributing directly to the Mount Carmel community.

“Last year for the first time we were also able to donate $5000 to our PATHS fund for girls who do work/study at our school. I am very proud of this because I feel that we need to take care of our own as well as taking care of foreign missions,” said moderator Mrs. Susan Wilkinson.

This year’s Mission Drive increased earnings since last year and reached its approximate goal of $16,000.

This success is due to the mission reps–a representative from each religion class elected to raise money for that class–increased drive towards entrepreneurship.

“I would definitely say that this year was a success for the Mission Drive. Not only did we raise more money than we expected, but also the ingenuity, creativity, and entrepreneurship of the girls to raise money was the best we have ever seen,” said Everett.

This creativity was evident in the sales of things like fried cheese, milkshakes, snowballs, scrunchies, jewelry, and coozies. Definitely a step up from the run of the mill cookies and brownies.  

But it wasn’t just creative, it was competitive.

“They were very energized and motivated this year. They always are, but this year they seemed extra competitive, yet at the same time in a healthy and cooperative way. It was unique,” said Mr. Philip Garside, this year’s Mission King–the Mission Queen’s (the student who raised the most) religion teacher.

However, the competitive aspect and the fact that people sell things as an incentive to give to charity, raises some controversy.

Why the need for incentives? Why can’t we just give money out of the kindness of our hearts?

Everett stated, “I think that at the end of the day everyone is aware that the money that they contribute to those selling the baked goods, products, etc. is going to a worthy cause. I do not see the girls as selling items for money but rather rewarding others for contributing with a token of gratitude such as a baked good. Also, not all income raised by the missions reps are gathered by selling something. Many girls simply ask loved ones, friends, and peers to donate just out of kindness without compensation.”

This sense of charity was emblematic through Olivia Braquet, this year’s Mission Queen.

“To raise the money I reached out to everyone I knew and explained the cause and how

important it was for us to raise this money and people were just so generous and willing to help. I choose to be mission rep because I enjoy helping others and I know that I have that go getter attitude that was really needed to help this cause,” explained Braquet.

Overall, this year’s drive proved that charity isn’t just about writing a blank check to some far off organization or cause. It is about a community working together to help those in need.

“It was incredible to see the school come together to raise money for such a good cause, and I would just like to thank all the mission representatives who I know worked incredibly hard to contribute to this cause,” said Everett.