Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland

12/10/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/10/2019 16:05

All Saints Catholic School and Phillips-Strickland House in Bangor Teaming Up for “Project North Pole”

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 developed genuine friendships and connections.

On Thursday, December 19, another moment to cherish will come to pass in the form of 'Project North Pole.'

'The students in each grade are collecting items so that every resident at Phillips-Strickland will have a large stocking hanging in his or her room on Christmas morning,' said Matthew Houghton, principal at All Saints.

Each grade at All Saints has gathered something different: toothpaste and small stuffed animals from the pre-kindergarteners; soap and small stuffed animals from the kindergarteners; necklaces and foot powder from the first graders; shampoo, conditioner, and body wash from the second graders; tissues, lip balm, and hand sanitizer from the third graders; aftershave, deodorant, and candies from the fourth graders; body/hand lotions and flashlights from the fifth graders; lapel pins, denture cleaner, and denture cream from the sixth graders; note sets, pens/pencils, and stamps from the seventh graders; and foot powder, jewelry, aftershave, deodorant, and candies from the eighth graders.

On Thursday, December 19, at 9 a.m., students from All Saints will head to Phillips-Strickland House, located on 21 Boyd Street in Bangor, to assemble stockings and wrap some of the gifts collected.

'It really is heartwarming to see the kids interact with the residents,' says Houghton. 'Truly a gift for all involved, participants and spectators alike.'