THANKSGIVING FOOD AND CLOTHING DRIVE. The Social Concerns Committee holds its Monthly Food and Clothing drive the weekend of November 4 and 5. This school year the Social Concerns committee will be helping support service projects for specific SOR grades during the Monthly Food and Clothing Drives. This month’s theme is Option for the Poor and Vulnerable (one of the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching). From the Conference of Catholic Bishops:
A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the Last Judgment (Mt 25:31-46) and instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.
In connection with that theme, and in anticipation of Thanksgiving, this month we will be focusing on the food drive. We will be collecting food to provide to area food pantries and shelters, and to provide bags of Thanksgiving groceries directly to area families in need.
We will also be participating in the archdiocese’s Coats of Many Colors Drive. Please bring to the Monthly Drive any coats you wish to donate; sizes XXL and up are especially needed.
Please bring non-perishable foods (within the “use by” or “sell by” date), clean in-season clothing in good repair, and small household items in working order to Lewis Hall after the 5 pm Mass on Saturday, and between 8:15 am and 11:30 am on Sunday. Gift cards for local grocery stores are gratefully accepted in lieu of food.
Please label donated clothing bags (women’s medium, girl’s size 8, etc.). This is a huge help in sorting the clothing. When choosing what items to bring to support this project, please ask yourself “would I use this?” The agencies we support and the archdiocese have asked us to make sure that our clothing donations are laundered, in season, and free of rips, tears, frays and stains.
In addition, wondering what to do with those soaps, shampoos, etc. you have around the house from hotel stays? Please bring any unopened and unused sample-sized toiletries you may have to this month’s Food and Clothing drive; the Social Concerns committee is collecting toiletries for a service project in February.