Little Flower Social Concerns Committee
The Social Concerns Committee meets periodically throughout the year to discuss and implement outreach projects to assist our community. Food Collection is an ongoing program throughout the year to support local food banks and parishes that provide warm meals to members of the community. Volunteers are essential to the success of our programs and we welcome our parishioners to be involved.
MEALS FOR THE HOMELESS
Every first Sunday of the month, parishioners sign up to help prepare a meal for the homeless to be served at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Bethesda. We especially need hot entrees (things like: tuna casserole, chicken and rice casseroles, lasagnes, baked zitis with meat, spaghetti and meatballs, Mexican casseroles, baked chicken, etc) but parishioners may also provide drinks, desserts, fruit, sandwiches, etc. This food helps serve over 75 people in our community. Little Flower Parish has been contributing meals since 2001. Please click below to sign up and to learn more.
FOOD FOR THE POOR
Food is collected every first Sunday and is picked up from the Church by SOME and Our Lady Queen of Peace. There is not only a need for food, but also Giant and Safeway Gift Cards, so as to care for families with infants in need of perishable food and dairy products. To make a secure online donation to purchase Giant gift cards, please click below.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES COLLECTION
The collection begins in the month of August. School supplies are collected for children (grades K-8) attending Sacred Heart School in Northwest Washington, DC. Donations are greatly appreciated.
Coats will be collected in the month of October and distributed to those in need in our community.
Volunteers sign up in early November before and after Mass in the vestibule. Cooked turkeys are collected a week or so before Thanksgiving and distributed to Martha’s Table. Last year, over 120 turkeys were provided from Little Flower parish to this organization. Martha’s Table is grateful for the Parish’s contribution to this special meal that feeds over 1500 members in need in our community.
THE CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE
This project was started over twenty years ago and continues to be a major source of gifts for those in need in the Archdiocese of Washington. Trees are decorated with tags and are located in the back of the Church. Parishioners are encouraged to take a tag from the trees which list a child’s age and donate a new age appropriate toy for that child. Gift cards and toys are collected and distributed to local organizations.
ARCHDIOCESE OF WASHINGTON FOOD DRIVE
This annual food drive is coordinated by the Archdiocese of Washington. Brown grocery bags are distributed to both the Parish and school to collect non-perishable food. Food will be distributed to those in need throughout the Archdiocese of Washington.
Tracy Ferridge (Chair)