Good Sam News

Fall/Winter Mission Focus:  ‘Tis the Season for Giving

The Good Samaritan family has the opportunity to help kids and families in need this fall and winter at one of St. Mary’s County Schools. We are  partnering with George Washington Carver Elementary School and invite you to join in our mission focus in several ways:
laundry-suppliesCollection of Household Goods Drive at Good Sam:  We are collecting cleaning supplies and general household necessities such as (but not limited to):  laundry soap, shampoo, body wash/soap, lotions, toothpaste, etc.  There is a clear bin outside the office marked “Carver Elementary” to collect these items. Start bringing those items anytime–we’ll be collecting through Nov. 30th.
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Carver Coat Drive at Good Sam:  Along with the collection of other goods, we are also looking for coats! If you have ‘gently used’ winter coats you no longer need, or if you’d like to purchase a new  winter coat for a child or adult, we’re looking for all sizes, adult and child, male and female, boy and girl…you get the picture. There is a clear bin outside the office marked “Carver Elementary” to collect these items. Start bringing them in anytime–we’ll be collecting through Nov. 30th.


Collection of New and “Gently Used” Household Items at Carver Elementary: At the School site, they are also collecting new and “gently used”  household goods such as blankets, sheets, pillows, kitchen supplies, non-perishable food items and other items such as: board games, puzzles, bins, toys, dolls, and so on. It’s a great time to sort through the toy box with your kids and let them help select items to donate, or go through the purging process in your home and select items that could be used in another’s home. Your “no longer needed” items could be someone else’s treasures.  We cannot collect all of these items at the Church, but request that you contact the Parent Liaison: Lisa McCoy at or 301-863-4076 ext.1030 to set up a drop off time. They will be taking these goods until Nov. 30th.

Carver Elementary Needs Your Help with Their Holiday Helping Hands Event!!
After all the goods are collected and delivered to the School, Carver’s “Holiday Helping Hands” Event Planners need help sorting and organizing the items. On Friday, Dec. 4th from 3:00-6:00 pm, then the day of the event, Dec. 5th, from 8:30 am – Noon, additional assistance is needed to help families select items, have toys wrapped, help load cars and all the “behind the scene” things that make the event go smoothly.
Here’s how it rolls out: The day before the event, helpers are needed to sort items and display. During the event, selected families will be invited to choose from new/gently used toys, which will be wrapped before they go home, ‘gently used’ household items and household sundries. They’ll need guides/assistants to help families make selections, gift wrappers, load lifters/transport to cars, and many cheerful, helpful folks to help throughout the day and people to help clean up afterwards. We have sign up sheets in the Fellowship Hall for you to volunteer.  Please consider taking advantage of an opportunity to do God’s work and connect with our neighbors.