Buddy the Elf said it best when he declared “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear,” and that is exactly what Catholic Charities’ ESOL program did at their annual Christmas party on December 17, 2019. This year, the ESOL students began the festivities by making their own ornaments and decorating a Christmas tree.
Afterwards, they helped each other make gingerbread houses—seven of which won Target gift cards generously donated by anonymous donors coordinated by Maureen McCullough. The festivities were set to the live soundtrack of the talented musical styling's Kim’s band. However, the celebration did not end there! After devouring some delicious homemade food and deserts graciously prepared by Maureen’s daughter, Kim, the students received a surprise visit by the notorious jolly man in the red suit: Santa Clause himself. Moreover, Santa wouldn’t be Santa without having gifts in tow!
Thanks to the generous donations of Sacred Heart Church and various other donors which gave over 30 gifts, every child received a toy and every family was given a hand-knitted blanket. A very big thanks is in order to everyone who helped make this event possible especially Maureen for organizing the affair, Immaculate Conception Church for continuing to allow us to use their facilities, and all the ESOL teachers and many, many more for all their behind-the-scenes help. On behalf of the ESOL department, Merry Christmas to you and your family and may God bless you this holiday season!
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