Parker, an eighth-grader from Sacred Heart Catholic School in New Smyrna Beach was moved by a mission to help the homeless. His care for those in need led to the Parker Project, an outreach effort for people in need that was born out of a family tradition.
When Parker recently approached Sacred Heart principal, Mrs. Shelley Niswonger and asked them for permission to work on a Confirmation project that would benefit the local community – especially the homeless – she and Religion teacher Mrs. Maria Bilodeau were overjoyed. They encouraged him to present his plans and proceed from there. Parker started his campaign the day after his proposal was approved.
As graduation is right around the corner, Parker appealed for support from his classmates and the school. He has started collecting shampoo, body wash, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, washcloths, toilet paper, and candies. With these hygiene products, the Parker Project hopes to bring 200 care packs to the Community Hot Meal Program’s soup kitchen located at First United Methodist Church in New Smyrna Beach. Sacred Heart Parish is one of the 21 churches involved in this program. He will deliver the care packs on Monday, April 30, 2018 for distribution.
Parker’s efforts represent a living out of the school’s true Redemptorist mission of servant leadership for the most abandoned in our community!
The Parker Project is one of many service opportunities that abound at Sacred Heart Catholic School. Anyone who would like to give a hand and support the many projects the school has planned for every school year is very much welcomed. With Parker’s initiatives on care for the homeless, the school gave him the high honor of naming all homeless-related projects the “Parker Project,” one of the two names to be used for the school year 2018-2019. This is the first year that two students were honored with their name on their service project initiatives.
Written by Melina, an eighth grade student at Sacred Heart Catholic School, New Smyrna Beach.