BANGOR---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 formed unlikely but genuine friendships and connections.
The children have delivered chocolates and other items to the seniors, paid them visits to hear stories, and they have even planted flower seedlings together.
The latest initiative is “Project North Pole.”
“The object is to collect items for the residents’ Christmas stockings,” said Joseph Gallant, principal at All Saints. “With our help, every resident will find a stocking hanging on his or her room door on Christmas morning!”
Each grade at All Saints has collected different items for the stockings, including toiletries, note pads, pencils, tissue boxes, soap containers, puzzle books, small stuffed animals, nail polish, lotion, and even denture cleaner tabs.
On Wednesday, December 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., fourth and seventh graders from All Saints will head to Phillips-Strickland House, located on 21 Boyd Street, to assemble stockings and wrap some of the gifts collected.
“It really is heartwarming to see the kids interact with the residents,” says Gallant. “They enjoy it as much as the residents, and getting the chance to share items of need, time, and smiles with them is truly a gift for our students.”