Skip to main content

Catholic Youth in Brunswick “Spare Squares” to Help Homeless

BRUNSWICK---A service project conceived and conducted by the eighth graders at St. John’s Catholic School will help countless homeless people in the Brunswick area.

The project, which wrapped up this week, was entitled “Can You Spare a Square?”

“The drive was for paper products that are often overlooked in other collections,” said Shelly Wheeler, principal at St. John’s. “Items like toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, and tissues were collected.”

Thanks to generous school families and parishioners at All Saints Parish in Brunswick, over 225 rolls of bath tissue, 75 rolls of paper towels, and 25 boxes of tissues were collected. 

“We were hoping for around 100 rolls,” said Wheeler. “The response was overwhelming.”

Benefitting from the project is Tedford Housing in Brunswick, an organization that has provided emergency shelter and supportive housing for the area’s homeless for over 30 years. Tedford also offers homeless prevention services, case management, and social service assistance. 

“Can You Spare a Square?” comes on the heels of the St. John’s annual “human chain” on June 4 during which students passed non-perishable food items, also donated by school families and parishioners, from the school to the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program. Over the course of the school year, St. John’s donated over 2,300 pounds of food to the program.

“When we pray for those in need during the school year, service projects give meaning to the prayers,” said Wheeler. “It is who we are as a Catholic school. St. John’s Catholic School is truly a community of service.”