blessing bag delivery

Eliana Lee of St. Thomas More Catholic School in Omaha won first place last year in a service project contest that the Archdiocese of Omaha is holding.

Doing good makes you feel good.

It also can bring a $200 Amazon gift card and up to $1,000 in seed money to do more good through a program that the Archdiocese of Omaha is promoting in its Catholic schools for the second year in a row.

Last year, St. Thomas More fourth grader Eliana Lee won a then-new contest for coming up with a winning service project idea. Her idea was packing “blessing bags” — plastic bags of essentials like toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant and socks for the needy. She helped give hundreds of these bags to guests at a local homeless shelter.

Now age 10 and in the fifth grade, Eliana reflected on what she learned.

“It made me feel good about myself and happy to help other people who don’t have as much as me,” she said Friday.

Eliana is not sure what idea she’ll come up with this year for the archdiocesan contest, called Shine a Light in the Community. The contest is open to the archdiocese’s 71 schools. Students can submit their community service ideas by video to the Catholic Schools Office beginning Sept. 16. The contest runs through Oct. 14.

A winner will be announced in late October and receives up to $1,000 plus the gift card.

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