H.O.P.E. Christmas missions 2011

Each year, as Christmas approaches, members of our H.O.P.E. Committee (Helping Other People Effectively) invite everyone to participate in their reach out to the shut-ins of our community. Over 200 Christmas gift packages are wrapped and delivered to the residents of the Montreal Extended Care Hospital. Volunteers of all ages, with a special invitation to our children, gathered to help wrap presents last Wednesday evening, December 14th, in our Parish Centre. Delivery took place Saturday morning, December 17th, complete with Christmas carolling and with Santa Claus as our special guest, to help spread the Christmas cheer to our elderly and hospitalized. A special thank you to Cynthia Hansen, for playing a leading role in making this important mission a reality. Thank you to Doug and Edith McCaffrey for bringing in the Santa cheer, and to all our volunteers, wrappers, drivers, parents and children, your service and time are truly a reflection of Christ's love.

H.O.P.E. also includes in its Christmas reach out another group in our community: our parishioners who are elderly, ill or shut-in. Volunteers wrapped up to 30 bottles of wine and cookies to be delivered to these members of our St. Aloysius family, as a token of the parish's friendship and support, and to let them know they are remembered this Christmas Season. A special thank you to all our volunteer drivers.

Wrap-up, St. Aloysius Parish Centre, December 14th, 2011

Delivery of gifts, Extended Care Centre, December 17th, 2011

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