Through the sale of its limited edition “St. John’s Tough” t-shirts, the Red Storm Athletic Department has generated more than $14,000 that will be donated to a pair of food pantries whose services have become even more essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation total also includes an additional generous gift from a longtime Red Storm supporter.
Proceeds from the special edition t-shirts will support St. John’s Bread & Life and Blessed Virgin Mary Help of Christians. Both food pantries have remained steadfast in their commitment to serve the local community with an increased number of individuals and families requesting assistance over the last four months.
“It’s been really special to see so many St. John’s Athletic supporters participate in our initiative to help provide assistance for such worthy organizations,” said Director of Athletics Mike Cragg. “The ‘St. John’s Tough’ campaign was a creative way to help unite our University during this global pandemic while offering relief to those in need here in our city.”
Bread & Life has been a vibrant part of neighborhood communities in Brooklyn and Queens since 1982. A crucial provider of basic needs and assistance, St. John’s Bread & Life provides nearly 3,000 meals every day through its soup kitchen, mobile soup kitchen and food pantry. Blessed Virgin Mary’s food pantry also provides support to those in need by regularly serving more than 400 families and over 1,000 people in the local community in Queens.
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