All Saints’ Episcopal Day School students donate stockings to children in need
By: Philip Maenza
On December 18, All Saints’ Episcopal Day School held their final chapel before their Christmas break. Headmaster Joan Pennstrom led chapel and greeted the students. The children sang Christmas hymns during their chapel.
After inital announcements were made, the student council of All Saints’ Episcopal Day School made a presentation regarding their annual ‘Share a Stocking’ community service Christmas project.
The ‘Share a Stocking’ project works with Help4Kids Florence. Students, parents, faculty, and staff brought in items for stockings for children of lower income families. The stockings had basic needs like socks, mittens, gloves, shampoo, toothpaste, but also had fun little toys for the children as well.
Many of the stockings will be going to Lucy T. Davis, but other elementary schools in the Florence School District One area will benefit as well.
There were 50 stockings made through this Christmas project. This is the third year that All Saints’ Episcopal Day has done this Christmas project.
Sponsors helped the student council with the cost of the stockings themselves so that they did not have to spend any of their own funds on this project.
Father Jason Hamshaw, Rector of All Saints Church, blessed the stockings during the chapel service. He prayed that they would be a blessing to each student that received one.