A tradition dating back 40 years continues this weekend in Sarnia. It's the Irish Miracle.
St. Patrick's High School students will be canvassing door to door in Sarnia and Point Edward collecting non perishable food items for the St. Vincent de Paul Society on Saturday, December 2.
Students held a rally on Giving Tuesday at the school, to encourage students to participate.
Grade 10 student Brooke Hamel said the rally really helps get students in the spirit.
"We're doing all sorts of activities, such as the Dance Club is doing a dance to hype up the whole thing," said Hamel. "We're doing a TikTok challenge and our student council will be trying some mystery foods that would be commonly donated through Irish Miracle."
Teacher Vanessa Borody said students will be out early Saturday morning going door-to-door.
"We're going to be hitting the streets at 9 a.m. and we're going to be knocking on doors asking for donations," said Borody. "The donations can be any type of food product that will stay good on the shelf for long periods of time, but it's also hygiene products."
If you're not home Saturday morning, donations can also be dropped off at St. Patrick's High School on Rapids Parkway until noon.
Grade 10 student Adalyn Dinell said they're hoping to collect enough food to stock the food bank shelves for the busy holiday season.
"Last year, I'm pretty sure we got 7,000 bags of food," said Dinell. "So hopefully that, or anything close to that, would be good."
Borody said the school has also decided that the city-wide food drive in the spring, Cyclone Aid, which benefits the Inn of the Good Shepherd, will not move forward as usual because of the pressure most people are facing with high food prices.
Instead, she said the school is looking at revising the format and supporting the Inn in a different way.
Skit performed at Irish Miracle pep rally at St. Patrick's High School. November 28, 2023. (Photo by Natalia Vega)St. Vincent De Paul Manager Danica Craig. November 28, 2023. (Photo by Natalia Vega)