SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- To kick off the season of Lent, St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church offered a parish-wide service day called “Do Something -- Building Community Through Service" on Sunday, March 1st. 

The day was inspired by the Mathew West song “Do Something.” Over 500 volunteers -- as young as two and as old as 94 -- were moved to serve on 21 different projects within the community. 

The morning kicked off during Mass with a “sea of green” shirts filling the pews. Then the army of volunteers went off to their projects that included making Birthday Bags for children in shelters, bringing St. Patrick plants and visiting patients at Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains, playing Bingo with Seniors at The Chelsea at Fanwood, Legacy, and Mount St. Mary, and cooking a meal for refugee families.

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“It was a day to live out the calling we have as Catholics to serve our brothers and sisters with love and compassion.  It was a great way to start Lent,” said Elaine Coupe, Community Outreach Director at St. Bartholomew. "It was a day to Do Something!"

To get more involved with community service, contact Elaine Coupe at 908 322-5192 ext 141. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and Twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.