The annual Williamsburg House of Mercy Christmas Angel Tree resulted in generous donations of more than 1200 gifts for 560 children, plus 200 gifts for local nursing home residents, and an additional 50 gifts to the local homeless. The local parishioners of Saint Bede Catholic Church donated the bulk of the children's and nursing home gifts with weekly collections at Sunday Masses. More than 30 volunteers of all ages played "packing day elves," sorting and gathering each child's gifts into family bins. Local partners like Bucktrout Funeral Homes helped deliver the gifts to the elderly residents at Envoy and Colonial Manor. These elderly residents, and the homeless, received beautiful handmade hats and scarves from the summer "Handmade for the Homeless" event sponsored by The Flying Needles Yarn Shop. Thank you to all of the community who participated in the true spirit of Christmas by remembering our neighbors in need through your generosity!
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