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More than 50 donors came forward for the Feb. 8 blood drive at Mercy High School, San Francisco. Pictured from left on the blood drive desk are Mercy seniors Dominique Sabins, Cierra Zaldivar, Jocelyn Ho, Nina Medernach and Andrea Escobar.

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‘Warm all over,’ says SHC junior
March 15th, 2016
By Tom Burke

San Francisco’s St. Anthony’s has found a disciple in Kiana Sisneroz. The Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep junior gathered up 300 coats, cash and three large containers of clothing and shoes for St. Anthony guests over three recent Sundays of accepting donations at St. Anne of the Sunset Parish. “I know it sounds like a cliché but I wanted to support a worthy program and provide essentials to less fortunate people that generally they could not afford or own,” Kiana said. “I knew a difference could be made if I selected an organization, like St. Anthony’s, that shared my belief in helping others with no cost imposed to the people who needed coats, or clothing.”

This disciple is a veteran of helping others. The One Warm Coat drive is Kiana’s third and she expects to hold a fourth next year. She is quick to admit she did not do it alone and is grateful for “the strong support I had from the church, the school, the foundation, and my family.”

Coordinating a charitable drive takes time and energy, Kiana told me including many hours deciding where the donated goods would go, where the drop-off point would be and getting those permissions, collecting containers for the drive, and advertising that included “online with St. Anne’s School – my alma mater – Sunday Bulletins with the church, and flyers at neighborhood retail shops and stores.” And don’t forget “organizing the coats by children, women, and men before delivering the coats and clothing to St. Anthony’s.”

Kiana was onsite. “For three consecutive Sundays, I greeted parishioners and donors in the vestibule of the church for three masses while accepting donations of lightly worn coats and jackets for adults and children, answering questions about my drive, accepting monetary donations and issuing receipts.”

Kiana is already thinking of the future. “My short-term goal is to obtain an undergraduate business degree at a prestigious university with a minor in entrepreneurship. Immediately following graduation, I plan on attending law school. My long-term goal is taking over my mother’s preschool and ultimately franchising it.”

By the way, Kiana is also a ballerina, studies piano and volunteers at her mom’s preschool.

DOUBLE DOSE: St. Cecilia Parish hit for extra bases again with the moving marquee message: “Yesterday, you said tomorrow” and just a few blocks away a non-Catholic church message board sent the runners home with “Example is a language everyone understands.”

REUNIONS: Two well remembered San Francisco women’s high schools hold their annual alumnae gatherings in April: Notre Dame de Namur’s 150th Mass and luncheon is April 2, 10:30 a.m., with liturgy at Mission Dolores Basilica and lunch at Spanish Cultural Center, 2850 Alemany Blvd., Golden Belles of 1966 will be honored as well as those celebrating 75, 70, 60, and 40 years of having graduated. Grace, (415) 640-2800; St. John Ursuline gets together April 17, 11 a.m., honoring its 1966 graduates with golden diplomas, United Irish Cultural Center, San Francisco; email; Theresa Keane (415) 867-3575, register by April 1.

NO FOOLIN’: Congrats to Our Lady of Mercy School seventh grader Brian Benito a semifinalist in the 2016 California National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held at Fresno State University on April 1. “The OLM school community congratulates Brian and wishes him all the best in the state competition,” the school said in a note to this column.

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From March 17, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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