As the holidays draw near, this year's junior class has been finding itself getting into the spirit of the season. In this spirit, the Class of 2019 has agreed to try to make a small difference in a unique way. Please feel welcome to participate in the following charitable opportunity, which is open to the whole community:
S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat) is an interfaith organization based in D.C. that provides meals, clothing, shelter, rehabilitation, counseling, and so much more to those in need. To learn more, click here.
SHOEBOX GIFTS: A shoebox gift is a shoebox filled with new personal items useful to a homeless man, woman, or child. Please use either a man's large shoebox or an athletic shoebox, not a shirt box, and PLEASE WRAP THE LID AND BOX SEPARATELY. This will help S.O.M.E. staff and volunteers to ensure that the shoebox contents are equitable. If possible, choose wrapping paper that is non-denominational. Also, please place a tag on the outside of each box designating whether it is for a "MAN", "WOMAN", or "CHILD." In the case of a shoebox gift for a child, please also indicate the age range (and gender, if applicable) of the intended recipient. Finally, please consider that S.O.M.E. serves many more men than women. Consequently, S.O.M.E. needs more men's shoeboxes than women's shoeboxes.
Lower School: Either Front Desk Middle School: Front Desk Upper School: Front Desk or Room 105, Moore Hall (Eduardo Polón's classroom) Scott House: Front Desk
A complete box should include:
CLOTHING (each box should contain the following):
____ 1 hat (Sm/Med/Lg)
____ 1 pair of gloves (Sm/Med/Lg)
____ 1 scarf
____ 1 pair of socks (limit 2 pairs)
____ 1 pair of underwear (Sm/Med/Lg)
TOILETRIES (each box should contain the following):
____ 1 toothbrush
____ 1 travel size toothpaste
____ 2 razors
____ 1 travel size deodorant
____ 1 bar of soap
____ 1 travel size bottle of shampoo
____ 1 travel size bottle of lotion
For women: ____ 5-10 sanitary napkins
For child: _____ a small gift or toy
PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE: cash, food, candy or mouthwash
ON PARTICIPATION: Contributing to this charitable outreach is not mandatory, though it is hoped that in the spirit of giving our community will choose to participate in one form or another to help make this meaningful service project a success. The extent to which you participate is your prerogative. Some may choose to contribute more than one shoebox gift; others may elect to team up with friends and contribute one shoebox gift together. Others might be able to provide empty shoeboxes and/or wrapping paper to assist with the cause. Still others might be able to contribute with the actual wrapping of unfinished shoebox gifts and/or loading up the gifts come the day of delivery. Most importantly, no one should feel obligated beyond one's means, but all are encouraged to get involved in this grassroots endeavor.
DROP-OFF LOCATIONS: For convenience, Shoebox Gifts and/or loose items can be dropped-off any time prior to the due date (see below) at any of the following campus locations:
DUE DATE: Completed Shoebox Gifts and/or loose items are asked to be in by Thursday, December 7th.
STAGING/COLLECTION AREA: Room 105, Moore Hall (Eduardo Polón's classroom)
JUNIOR CLASS FACULTY PROJECT POINT-PERSON: Eduardo Polón [firstname.lastname@example.org (week-day) or 301-460-1773 home (evening & weekends)] As the Faculty Project Point-Person, Eduardo is available to assist with any individual questions or concerns.