Back in December, the Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse team spent the afternoon putting toiletry bags together for a women’s shelter in Fredrick. Each toiletry bag contained a toothbrush with toothpaste, a pair of gloves, socks, feminine hygiene products, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, hand warmers, razors, hand wipes, hairbrush, hair ties, and sanitizing wipes. The group ended up assembling around 60 baggies, and each player was given one bag to give to someone in need. If a player is out in the community, they would have the opportunity to make someone’s day just a little bit better by giving them a bag of necessities.
The group spent the hour assembling baggies, bonding, talking, and getting to know one another. The girls set up their stations around a table giving each person a job and passing them down the line. This was a creative avenue for some of the young women of SJCP to feel a connection with each other. Women in sports need to stick together and support each other. It was a great opportunity for the women to set an example for other women in sports.
Catholic schools epitomize charity and support for those less fortunate. Doing good for others and demonstrating generosity go a long way. Volunteering is also a big part of being in a Catholic school and being a Catholic. SJCP, through its community service program, encourages charity and helping others even if it doesn’t benefit oneself. There is always someone who will appreciate the gesture. The event that the SJCP girls’ lacrosse team organized and participated in is a perfect example of this type of gesture.