Mercy in Action: Loyola’s FAiTH Marks 26th Season of Service

by Tricia Grayson

Started as a community service project in 1990, Loyola’s Flyers Aiding the Hungry (FAiTH) is preparing for its 26th season of helping feed families in the Shreveport-Bossier area. During that time, more than 10,000 families have received donated food items during the Christmas season.

“Loyola really embraced the idea and took it forward,” said FAiTH founder Ashley Glassell Rockett, a 1990 Loyola graduate who returns to the school each year to help. “There is so much work that goes into the months leading up to FAiTH distribution day,” Rockett said. “Loyola taught me about service. It’s not just something they tell you to go and do. It’s something that everyone here embodies,” she added.

This year’s FAiTH distribution day will be December 7. The FAiTH group works with local community organizations such as Catholic Charities, St. Vincent de Paul and Providence House to identify families in need, and has collected canned foods and funds throughout the year in order to make the event possible.

If you would like to donate, call Loyola College Prep at (318) 221-2675. Cans, toys or monetary donations are accepted. Sponsoring a food basket is $20 and you can choose to donate these in honor of or in memory of friends or family.

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