Our Parish projects in December were successful and goals were met with the gifts bought/wrapped/returned at the four churches. In addition, food was donated for holiday box- es-baskets and cash contributions were offered.
St. Gregory - approximately 155 gifts were collected and given to local families who had registered with a commu- nity group. Twelve holiday food baskets were organized with donations from parishioners. Gold stars to Sherry Hebert, Amy Bouchard, Kathy George and Annemarie Salzberg who led the effort.
St. Jude - Gifts were given to fourteen “adopted” families who had registered with Freeport Community Services -- including clothing, personal items, and gift cards. The St. Jude family also collected and distributed wall calendars to nursing homes. Pat Palmer and Chris Lehay planned and coordinated this effort.
Sacred Heart - Gifts were offered to Catholic Charities (designated for Syrian, Afghan and Iraqi refugee fami- lies), as well as to religious Sisters in the Portland area and veterans undergoing treatment at Togus. Approxi- mately 185 gifts were collected in the effort. Gift cards for food purchases were given to local residents. We thank Cathy Martin, Karen Romano, Jean Bissonnette and Joe Mathew.
Holy Martyrs - Some 200 gifts were given to 25 young people detained at the Long Creek Youth Center. The project was expanded to gift cards and cash donations which were donated to the residents fund. (Details were reported in the January 1 bulletin.) Food was donated to the holiday basket project, resulting in 12 families receiv- ing a holiday meal and extra supplies. Success in the gift and food appeal is credited to Carol Fredriksen, Danielle Tracey and George Spino and a dedicated team.
Once again we learned... the parishioners of Holy Eu-charist will respond wholeheartedly to share the good- ness of our lives with others. Right again.
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