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Nota Bene Feb. 20, 2019

St. Catherine’s kids deliver goodies to homeless

By Agnieszka Ruck

Grade 6 students from St. Catherine's school deliver 30 gift bags for homeless men to Catholic Charities Men's Hostel director Scott Small. (Agnieszka Ruck photos)

The Grade 6 class of St. Catherine's Catholic Elementary School is learning a lot about the corporal works of mercy these days.

Teachers Maria Canil and Richard Regush had their Langley students write letters to businesses to ask for donations, collect items, decorate paper bags, and assemble 30 personalized gifts for homeless men staying at the Catholic Charities Men's Hostel in Vancouver. They delivered the bags to Scott Small, director of Catholic Charities, at the St. John Paul II Pastoral Centre Feb. 6.

The gifts included toques, gloves, socks, underwear, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, shaving cream, water, granola bars, energy drinks, rosaries, prayer cards, and fresh oranges.

After delivering the bags, the students toured the centre and participated in Mass in a small on-site chapel with Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, celebrating.