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The Heights Good Samaritans Club

(The Service Club)

Heights men, fully alive in their love of our neighbor and service to Our Lord, participate in numerous charitable activities. Heights students (and fathers) are encouraged to sign up for any or several of the activities listed below.

…whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” Mt. 25:40

The club meets on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm in Rm 34.   All students are welcome to participate.

As the 2018 – 2019 academic year progresses, we will be developing our schedules and tailoring our activities to the needs of our neighbors. We will be updating this page frequently with more information about service opportunities.  Check back often!  Please use the link below to sign-up to participate in one of our programs.

Some of our service initiatives this year include:

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Feed the Hungry

  • Annual Thanksgiving Food DriveNovember 5 to 15.  We collect your extra canned and dry goods (no perishables!) for donation to the Little Sisters of the Poor in time for Thanksgiving.  This year we have set a goal of two pounds per student. Canned hams, beans, vegetables and other foods are best. Dry beans, and pasta are also excellent.   Place donations in the bins outside of the 2nd floor chapel entrance or deliver to Mr. Reed’s office.  Once we have collected all the donations we will package them and deliver them to the sisters in time for Thanksgiving.
  • Catholic Charities SHARE Warehouse Food Distribution – On Saturdays, 20 October, 17 November, and 15 December.  We depart The Heights at 5:00 am and go to the distribution warehouse in Landover and assist with the distribution of bulk foods.  Dad’s are also welcome!  Ability to handle 20 – 40 lb. containers is helpful!  Wear heavy-work layered clothing (no open-toed shoes!) and bring a lunch.  More information >>here<<.  We return tired, but well-exercised, and happy to have served!

Shelter the Homeless

  • Fall Service Project.  – Saturday, 27 OctoberPostponed due to weather!  New date:  Saturday 01 December, 2018.    This year we will be helping with grounds maintenance at St. Joseph’s House.  We will be repairing the hardscape, including the installation of a flagstone walk, cleaning the flower beds, and doing plenty of other necessary work.  Father and son teams are welcome!
  • Winter Sleeping Bag and Coat Distribution – Students will be taking new and used winter clothing to homeless shelters in Rockville or DC.
  • Spring Service Projects  – Students will accomplish an outdoor landscape/gardening project.  Dads are welcome!  We are still accepting suggestions for a project. If you have a recommendation for a project, please let us know at goodsamaritans@heights.edu.

Clothe the Naked

  • Lost and Found Clothing  – The “Lost and Found” workshop is located in the modular building just west of the gym; enter on the west side (towards the new log cabin), and is open on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30pm.  Usable clothing lost by our students and not reclaimed is collected, professionally washed and bagged for donation to homeless and disaster relief organizations.  We need helping hands to sort and package the clothing on Tuesdays after school in the Lost and Found workshop.  This is an excellent opportunity for middle and lower school students.  Unclaimed clothing left more than two weeks is packaged for donation to relief organizations.
  • Winter Coat Drive –  Students help collect new winter coats and deliver them to needy children in support of the Annual Christmas Around the World Celebration.

Alms for the Poor

  • Donations – We always accept donations of funds to help us defray costs incurred by the club.  Please contact us via email to goodsamaritans@heights.edu if you would like to make a contribution.
  • Used Blazer Sales – We accept donations of used school blazers and collect abandoned blazers.  Those not reclaimed are professionally cleaned and are made available to students for $13.00.  These funds help cover program expenses or are donated to charitable organizations in the DC area.

Visit the Sick

  • Elder Care Visits – Students visit elderly residents at a local Retirement Nursing Home most Wednesdays after school.

Other initiatives

  • Blood Drive10 November, 16 February, 6 April.   Blood is needed by many to recover from natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes or accidents such as traffic collisions, domestic fires, and other major injuries.  Students must be at least sixteen years old to participate, and must bring a parental consent form.  To download the form and for more information visit the Red Cross site >>here<<.    We will meet at The Heights and then drive to the Red Cross Rockville Blood Donation Center  to donate blood.  Due to age requirements, this program is limited to seniors and some juniors.  If you would like to participate please sign up >>here<<

Recommendations?

  • We welcome your questions and suggestions for service projects. Please send an email to goodsamaritans@heights.edu.

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