In recent years, the students at All Saints Catholic School in Bangor and residents at the nearby Phillips-Strickland House, a residential care center for seniors, have developed genuine friendships and connections.
On Thursday morning, December 19, the relationships were renewed thanks to “Project North Pole.” Students from All Saints headed to Phillips-Strickland House in Bangor to assemble stockings and wrap gifts for the residents.
“The students in each grade collected items so that every resident at Phillips-Strickland will have a large stocking hanging in his or her room on Christmas morning,” said Matthew Houghton, principal at All Saints.
Each grade at All Saints gathered something different: toothpaste and small stuffed animals from the pre-kindergarteners; soap and small stuffed animals from the kindergarteners; necklaces and foot powder from the first graders; shampoo, conditioner, and body wash from the second graders; tissues, lip balm, and hand sanitizer from the third graders; aftershave, deodorant, and candies from the fourth graders; body/hand lotions and flashlights from the fifth graders; lapel pins, denture cleaner, and denture cream from the sixth graders; note sets, pens/pencils, and stamps from the seventh graders; and foot powder, jewelry, aftershave, deodorant, and candies from the eighth graders.
“It really is heartwarming to see the kids interact with the residents,” says Houghton. “Truly a gift for all involved, participants and spectators alike.”