By Cooper Tendoesschate
Students and their fathers will unite to serve underserved communities in the Loyola Father-Son Day of Service on Saturday, Dec. 3. The father-son teams will meet at Loyola at 7:30 a.m. for check-in and depart for their designated service site at 8:30 a.m.
Father-son pairs will disperse among the eight different service sites available. Several sites benefiting from the service include the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, the Ronald McDonald House in Pasadena and Habitat for Humanity. Students who will participate in this event receive six hours of community service credit.
Community Service Coordinator Angela Moran believes this day is an excellent service opportunity for students.
“The service day is a great way for students to get community service hours done,” said Moran. “[The service day] is also a great method for students to bond with their own fathers as well as to bond with other students and their fathers.”
Regarding the importance of the event, Moran said, “This day reveals how strong a community can be when people pitch in together. Fathers and sons bond when they work and spend time together outside of their comfort zones. They are able to do something through the community.”
Community Service Director Tom Zeko said, “The day of service helps Loyola students meet our neighbors and also allows our neighbors to meet us.”
It is estimated that 250 father-son duos will participate in the event. Out of those 250 pairs, a majority have volunteered for the service day in previous years.
Sophomore Iman Adami, who will participate in his first service day, said, “The Father-Son Day of Service is a great experience to help better the community, and it provides an opportunity to spend some quality time with friends and family.”
Also attending is junior Michael Polis, who said, “I look forward to this event every year because it is a great opportunity to bond with my father as well as to help the greater Los Angeles community.”