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The spirit of giving

December 13, 2005|by NICK RITCHICK

As an eighth-grader in Sunday school at St. Mary's Church, I find that I and my classmates have been given a large amount of responsibility.

In order to prepare for our confirmation - our official entrance into being a Catholic adult - my classmates and I have taken part in many service projects. For this season, as always, we are collecting toys and clothing for children who live in Baltimore and whose parents don't have much money to buy Christmas presents. The church in Baltimore that receives the gifts is St. Bernardine Parish.

The eighth-graders at St. Mary's will also be loading the trucks with the presents for the children. We load the presents in alphabetical order of the children's names, and then we ship them off to Baltimore to brighten up the holidays of the less fortunate.

Before this year, I never knew that the eighth-graders were responsible for doing all of that work; I just thought the other people in the church did the packing. But I don't mind doing some labor for others. I think that is what holidays are all about.

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My main goal this season is to brighten the holidays for everyone from rich to poor. So I invite everyone to come celebrate the holiday season with my parish, St. Mary's Church, and enjoy the spirit of giving.

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