Providence Cristo Rey distributes school supplies, food for families

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - With families struggling under the weight of all the COVID-19 changes, an Indianapolis private school is hoping to lighten the load.

They're working to get school supplies to students while making sure they don't go hungry.

Providence Cristo Rey School designated a door for parents to pick up those items.

"Can't do everything you want to do, you can't hang with friends or anything like that, so it's kind of boring," said Jayla Jones, a PCR junior.

And while Jones' principal can't do much about her boredom, she can make sure there's enough food available.

"I have a 91-year-old grandmother that lives at my home and a 75-year-old mom that lives there, so I can't take the chance of going out to work and me getting sick and bringing it home to them," said parent Towanda McGee.

Principal Leslie Napora organized the food giveaway and recruited staff to help load the food into cars.

Some parents only needed to pick up things like a student laptop for e-learning.

"One thing my son told me is that the teachers and kids are engaging while doing virtual sessions, and that is really good," said Bartola Sabo.

"Many of our families have lost jobs, they don't have access, they don't have transportation, said Fred Yeakey, PCR interim president. "For those that can come to the school, we are providing, through the help of our donations. We even have buses that are making home deliveries."

The effort will continue for as long as there is a need.