The sisters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Convent in Coraopolis, PA, participated in an outreach project that is sure to bring smiles to the faces of a United States Navy Troop stationed in Iraq this Christmas.
SM Denise Bernas, activity director, coordinated the Christmas Holiday Stocking Project with one goal in mind: that of providing meaningful activities for the sisters.
The project began with the tracing and cutting of the stocking patterns from colorful Christmas fabric donated by Joann Fabrics and the St. Vincent DePaul Store in Coraopolis. Sisters, volunteers, staff and many others could be seen working to get the task done. Simultaneously, Sister Denise began the solicitation of items to stuff the stockings such as DVD’s, healthy snacks, phone cards, athletic socks, body wash, shaving cream, sunscreen, insect repellent, and liquid soap.
Items for the stockings came from the VFW in Groveton, PA, the Legion in Moon Township, the Shop and Save in McKees Rocks, and the McGuire Memorial Educational Opportunity Center in Moon Township, as well as from the sisters, employees and volunteers at the central convent.
According to SM Cabrini Procopio, the activity room on the ground floor resembled Santa’s workshop as the stockings were being filled. When the task was complete, 77 Christmas stockings were packed and sent to Boatsie’s Boxes, Inc., for shipment to Iraq.
Sister Denise said “This was such a fun project! It is sure to brighten the spirits of the Navy men and women who will be the recipients of the generosity and labor of love that this project entailed. The donations were so bountiful that the surplus items will be used for the next project, which will be “Bags for Veterans.”