Guilfoyle Students Serve the Needy through Saint Martin’s Cloak Project


An amazing service project at one of the great Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.

Every year, Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School in Altoona collects food and other essentials for the poor and needy. The effort is called the “Saint Martin’s Cloak” project.

This all-school service outreach involves asking each student to commit to collecting at least 50 items for the needy prior to Thanksgiving. Over the past seven years, BG students have donated well over 100,000 items.

Once collected, the goods are sent to various local Christian organizations such as Catholic Charities and the Saint Vincent de Paul Society for distribution to those in need.

The project takes its name from Saint Martin of Tours, a famous convert to Christianity in the fourth century.