In the midst of the many challenges returning to school and the many restrictions we face in our world today, as a community we have not let that hold us back from helping those in need. So far this year we have completed 4 major service projects as a school and parish community and we have another project in the works right now! Below are pictures and descriptions of the wonderful things our community has done to give back this school year.
In November 2020 we began our Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive with a twist! Instead of collecting fresh turkeys we collected frozen turkeys and nonperishable food items. The food and money we collected went to a food pantry in the Dundalk area where food is given to those in need 365 days a year. We were completely overwhelmed and overjoyed with the response we received. We collected 64 turkeys, over 7,000 canned goods, and $1,020 in monetary donations!
In December 2020 our community kept on giving! We collected 78 hams, 43 casseroles and $2,000 in gift cards to go to the same food pantry in Dundalk. The food pantry fed over 100 families for Christmas in 2020 and were able to provide 20 families with $100 in gift cards to purchase perishable food items for their Christmas dinners.
In February 2021 we celebrated Catholic Schools Week. In the weeks leading up to CSW we collected toiletry items to make care packages for those in need. We were able to pack over 90 care packages to go to Family Crisis Centers and shelters in the Baltimore and Harford County areas. Once the items were collected, our 7th and 8th grade students packed the care packages to be delivered.
In March 2021 we celebrated Dr. Seuss week! Each student purchased and decorated a box of cereal and decorated it like their favorite book. A total of 350 boxes of cereal were taken to a food pantry in Dundalk to feed families in the East Baltimore area.
As a community we have been able to touch hundreds of lives with the generous donations of food, items, money, and time. A huge thank you to our faculty, staff, volunteers, parents, students, and parishioners for all they have done to make these service projects so successful.
"You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh ; rather, serve one another humbly in love." -Galatians 5:13
Other Outreach Programs
- Food collections – Thanksgiving
- Monetary donations for St. Steven in Kenya
- Adopt-a-family during Advent
- Birthright Center donations - Christmas
- Operation Rice Bowl (for Catholic Relief Services) during Lent
- Holy Childhood Association
- Additional community outreach projects through Student Council