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St. Brigid Students Parade at Park Danforth and “Hop” to St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen on Tuesday

PORTLAND---Students from St. Brigid School arrived at The Park Danforth in Portland on Tuesday with nearly 200 created and crafted Thanksgiving cards to deliver and a mission to bring smiles and laughter to those living at the senior residence. For the second straight year, the children paraded around The Park Danforth and waved, smiled, and even sang to residents who watched from their windows and balconies, sending the same warm sentiments back to the students.

“Especially coming into the holiday season, the students want to share their great spirit and make somebody’s day a little brighter,” said Ellen Couture, director of admissions and marketing at the school.

Meanwhile, the third graders made a special delivery of their own to the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen in Portland on Tuesday morning. Just a week after donning 1950s style clothing for a “sock hop” fundraiser (many additional pictures below) to celebrate the 50th day of school, the students brought new socks and personal care items for clients at the soup kitchen.

“The personal care items were organized into 61 individual bags that were dropped off at St. Vincent de Paul,” said Couture.

Thanks to the generosity of donors, the bags include socks, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body wash, shampoo, healthy snack bars, tissues, lip balm, hand sanitizer, and hand lotion.

The initiatives lead up to Giving Tuesday (November 30) that will serve as the culmination of the school’s massive donation drive for Project Outreach, an organization which helps the homeless families, refugees, and asylees being housed in South Portland. The delivery will be at the Quality Inn on 738 Main Street in South Portland on Tuesday, November 30, at 10 a.m.

“It has been a very generous month, and everyone seems to have joined the bandwagon,” said Couture. “It feels good to do ‘good’ and the impact of even the smallest gestures of kindness is so huge.”

Those who are interested in supporting St. Brigid School and its benevolent initiatives can visit the school’s website on Giving Tuesday to make a donation. The link to give will go live on the website on November 30. For more information, contact Ellen Couture or Courtney Morgan at (207) 797-7073 or [email protected].