St. Mary Nativity Students Donate Flip-Flops to Children in Djibouti

This article was contributed by Annette Jones, NCEA Assistant Director of Leadership Development.


The Helping Hands Club of St. Mary Nativity Catholic School in Joliet, IL held a flip-flop drive for children in Djibouti, Africa. This flip-flop drive was suggested by the pastor, Father Ron Neitzke, at a school Mass in which he related how the children of Djibouti have very little. Father Neitzke was stationed there for about a year as he served as chaplain. The students in preschool through grade eight brought in these flip-flops for children in a village there. SPC Moreno of the Djibouti military base delivered the donation on behalf of the school students. In a thank you to the St. Mary Nativity students, she wrote, “These children have absolutely nothing and having seen the smiles on their faces really helped boost our morale.”