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Student and Parent Service Comittees Give Back
In November, the Upper School Service Committee focused on food insecurity, running a very successful food drive throughout the month for Catholic Charities. Members of the committee also volunteered at the Catholic Charities food pantry, where they helped assemble over 500 bags of food to be distributed to residents.

Also in November, the Parents’ Association Service Committee continued its effort to carry on Sacred Heart Goal IV, the building of community as a Christian value, by dedicating the Thanksgiving service project to community-based, non-profit organizations that focus on supporting women as head of households. Newton Country Day families were asked to donate gift cards to Shaw’s, Roche Brothers, Target, Market Basket, Village Market, or a monetary donation, along with creating personal notes. Before Thanksgiving, Boston area non-profit organizations, including Julie’s Family Learning Program and St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children, were the recipients of supermarket gift cards for 200 families because of the generosity of NCDS families.

In a note to the community, the PA Service Committee wrote, “Over $14,000 was raised for recipients to shop for Thanksgiving meals. As always, we are overwhelmed and immensely grateful for the continued generosity of our Sacred Heart community.”

In December, the student service committee concentrated its efforts on housing insecurity and the homeless. Students created 50 “outreach kits” to donate to Pine Street Inn containing common toiletries and other resources such as hand warmers, snacks, and dental products for Pine Street Inn to distribute to those living in Boston without housing.