Students at a Mercy High School in Middletown made hundreds of pies for the holiday this week, for the first time ever.
"They need some help but they're getting there. It's a process. They turn out beautifully, they really do, and they're made with love and care,” said Sister Mary McCarthy, president of Mercy High School.
"I mixed the apples and put them in the pie crust and put the pie crust on top of it,” said student Julia Jenkins, who is a 9th grader.
Her mom is a Mercy graduate who came back to be part of the tradition that dates back 30 years.
Many of the 575 students and their parents bake more than 300 pies for shut-ins and local shelters, including St. Vincent DePaul in Middletown and Mercy Housing in Hartford.
"I love it, I think it's great. It's a great way to be with your daughter and it's a great service to the community - it feels good,” said Cathy Jenkins, a Mercy alumna and parent.
On the Monday before Thanksgiving, everyone gathers in the school cafeteria where all of the apples are donated by Lyman Orchards, and the ingredients come from Navin Brothers Food Service in Newington.
There are also plenty of pumpkin pies made as well.
"There's a lot of pies flying around. I know, there's so many and there's 300 pounds of apples, like that's crazy! I'm glad we could all come together to do this,” said Mercy student Kayla Bibeau.
Mercy is an all-girl high school, but some little brothers show up to help with the pies, helping everyone fulfill a mission to make a difference.
"I'd like to think that's something we're known for, it's part of who we are,” McCarthy said.
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