May 10, 2023. Principal Helena Castilla-Byrne, Principal of Our Lady of Victory School in Mount Vernon New York has jumped in to aid two of her school’s families who lost everything in a fire on Tuesday morning, May 9.
Mrs. Castilla-Byrne reached out to her own school community and to nearby Catholic schools in the Central Westchester Region of the Archdiocese of New York and requested help for the families. So far, these schools have stepped up with much-needed aid:
- Immaculate Conception School in Tuckahoe is holding a dress-down day to raise money for the families as well as collecting bedding and toys
- Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Scarsdale has made a donation to the families
- St Barnabas Elementary School in the Bronx is doing a dress-down day and donating 50% of the money raised to families
- St Eugene School in Yonkers has collected toys and clothes for both families
- St Peter School in Yonkers is doing a dress-down day to raise money for the families
- Saints John & Paul School in Larchmont is doing a dress-down day this Friday to collect donations for the families
Mrs. Byrne confirmed that Our Lady of Victory School is doing a dress-down day today to raise money for the families as well. And more help is on the way, as others have reached out to help as well.
This heart-warming story demonstrates the strong love and community that binds the amazing people in Catholic schools together in times of need.