2006-12-15 / Community

Christmas Spirit Shines At Kearney

Pictured: Kearney senior elves, including Rockaway residents Kerry Gallagher and Caitlin Maiocca, with some of the gifts donated by their classmates.
Pictured: Kearney senior elves, including Rockaway residents Kerry Gallagher and Caitlin Maiocca, with some of the gifts donated by their classmates. Bishop Kearney High School students showed they understood the meaning of Christmas by adopting local charities and buying gifts for those in need.

During five Advent prayer services, students piled more than 1,000 gifts of toys, clothing, gloves, hats and scarves around trees set up in the Catholic Center and the auditorium. Patricia Gregorek, a teacher in the Catholic Studies department, coordinated the project in memory of Sister Helen Krafinski, a faculty member who died in 1998.

This year, the groups that benefited include: St. John the Baptist Parish Outreach Program- toys for girls and boys; Our Lady of Perpetual Help/Sunset Park Outreach Program- 38 cartons of food; Hour Children- fulfilling individual Christmas wishes; the St. Francis Breadline- scarves and gloves for those who will come for Christmas dinner, as well as baby outfits for young, needy mothers; Providence House- clothes, games, household items and a donation from the senior class and St. John’s Bread and Life Program. A donation from the Christmas Concert will also be sent to The Tablet’s Bright Christmas appeal.

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