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St. Pius X Spreads Christmas Joy
December 12th, 2011

For the fifth consecutive year, the St. Pius X Catholic High School community teamed up with Dresden Elementary School to adopt families and help share in the celebration of Christmas.  The partnership is coordinated by the St. Pius X Mothers’ Club as a way to help those in need have a memorable holiday season.

This year, St. Pius X helped 169 Dresden Elementary students from 57 families.  All of the children in the family received gifts, including older or younger siblings who may not attend Dresden.  The main focus of the project was to provide articles of clothing for the children.  Each child, on average, received two outfits, a coat, shoes, fleece blanket, a hygiene kit and several toys.  In addition to the individual gifts, each family received a gift card for groceries as well.  The youngest child this year was 3 months old and the oldest was 17-years old.

“This project exemplifies the community of St. Pius X.  It is not just giving of money and gifts, the SPX community comes together and gives from their hearts to help their less fortunate neighbors to brighten their holiday,” Mothers’ Club member and Dresden Partnership Co-Chair, Debra Coheley said.

St. Pius X students and parents purchased, sorted and wrapped all of the gifts and either staffed the pick-up station or delivered the gifts to the parents.  Twenty-six St. Pius X sports teams, clubs and fine arts groups participated, in addition to the numerous SPX families, groups of students and corporate offices of SPX parents.

Coheley added, “The outpouring of support from the St. Pius X community has been tremendous.  Every time we receive a request for assistance from Dresden, there is such a wonderful response from the Pius community.

St. Pius X and Dresden Elementary have partnered for several years both through the school and the Mothers’ Club.  In addition to the Christmas Project, other activities include: teacher luncheons and coffees, a school supply drive, a used coat drive, a used uniform drive, and book drive.  St. Pius X students also provide tutoring two days a week, Spanish translators for various events, and a movement and dance program for the students.

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