The Sock-ings Were Hung by the Chimney with Care

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St. Nicholas is known for leaving secret gifts for those who needed help. While Nicholas may not be our patron saint, our St. Michael’s community demonstrates that same value in our generous weekly and monthly support of our outreach envelope and basket collections.

This month our basket collection is new socks, stockings, and tights for our brothers and sisters served by the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) and Doorways for Women and Families. We are off to a good start, having collected 155 items: 59 pairs of men’s socks, 12 pairs of boys’ socks, 44 pairs of women’s socks, 1 pair of women’s tights, 33 pairs of girls’ socks, and 6 pairs of girls’ tights. It would be such a joy to play St. Nicholas to A-SPAN and Doorways this year and top our already incredible feat from last year, when we donated over 200 pairs of socks, tights, and stockings. So as you’re “socking” up on last minute items for your

pantry or to go under your tree, and as you’re hanging your “sock-ings” by the chimney with care, remember our neighbors in need and consider what a profound spiritual and emotional impact the simple gesture of making sure someone is warm and dry can have.

Elizabeth Keys

P.S. Forgot to turn in your old cell phone last month? Or think you may get a new one for Christmas? It’s not too late to turn them in! Doorways collects used phones throughout the year and recycles them for money to support their programs. All types and ages of phones are accepted, broken or working, cords or no cords. Please contact me if you have a phone you’d like to donate.

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