Led by Associate Rosy Hartz, students partnered with Clean the World, a global health organization which recycles bars of soap from hotels, sanitizing them and melting them into new bars, as well as bottled amenities. Their “Soap Saves Lives Boxes” include these and shampoo, socks, toothbrush, toothpaste and clean wipes for vulnerable communities.
Rosy described the assembly line project as a powerful lesson in social justice. “It reinforced who students are as Viatorians — called to “embrace those accounted of little importance,” she said, “and their call to understand Catholic social teachings and how to live this out every day.”
Throughout the day Fr. Rinn, Fr. Lentz, Deacon Mike, Fr. Dan Nolan and staff members Susan Lockett, Beth Schill and Anne Bosque also came and took part in helping to make kits along with volunteers Marty Flynn and Leanne Harris. Together, they packed a whopping 900 kits.
The kits are being distributed to Nevada Partnership for Homeless youth (200), Street Teens (200), and The Just One Project (500), a pop-up mobile market started by a Las Vegas mother.
“The kits went to teens their age, which is what made this project so moving and powerful,” Rosy said.
“It was a good day to be a Viatorian!”