Our Lady of Peace School

28th Anniversary of Giving at OLP

Nov 13, 2015 | Posted in News

Special Parish Invitation to be a part of the OLP School Advent Project.


It began in 1987, when a representative from the Erie City Mission spoke to the fourth grade, telling them about less fortunate children in other parts of our city. It was difficult for students to imagine children who wished not for toys, but for new mittens or warm socks. Teachers Elaine Cleary and Joni Blackman suggested they could show real Christmas spirit by foregoing their own Kris-Kringle gifts and giving to others. Parent, Roberta Geib enlisted the support of other parents who helped their children have a direct role in choosing and wrapping gifts, making cards and supplying homemade cookies. That year, while students in all other grades were exchanging gifts, those fourth graders stood alone, proud and satisfied they had done something good for others. Their gift sent the message of what Christmas is really about and by 1989 this became a school-wide tradition at our school.

For the last four years, we have invited the parish community to join us in our charitable giving. Once again, we are asking those of you in our parish to be part of our Advent projects. Many charities, and many adults and children, have benefited from the generosity of OLP School throughout the years. It is with a great sense of pride that we share with you our plans for this Christmas season.

PRE-SCHOOL / KINDERGARTEN Catholic Charities www.eriercd.org/charities.asp
The kindergarten children will be donating small new baby items for needy families. Ideas are: bibs, baby blankets, diapers, baby shampoo/lotions, sleepers, etc. Kindergarten hopes that these baby items for the on-site closet at the Catholic Charities Mother/Infant Program will help new mothers have baby accessories that will help their babies be happy and healthy.

FIRST GRADE Kids' Cafe www.emmauserie.org
The first grade collects monies to support this agency that provides impoverished children ages 6 to 17 with a home away from home after their school day ends. The Café helps neighborhood children with homework, provides recreational activities, and a hot meal before they go home.

SECOND GRADE Highmark Caring Place www.highmarkcaringplace.com
The second grade is earning and saving money for the center to help with the activities designed to help those who have lost loved ones. The students want them to know they have our love and support.

THIRD GRADE Erie Dawn www.eriedawn.org
The third grade will be collecting donations of money throughout the advent season to assist Erie Dawn in helping impoverished women find safe affordable housing. Grade three is excited about helping women find hope for themselves and their children.

FOURTH GRADE SSJ Neighborhood Network www.ssjnn.org
The fourth grade can help the Neighborhood Network in many ways. They are in need of hygiene products such as shampoo, soap, deodorant, and toothpaste. Cleaning and laundry products are needed as well as toilet paper and paper towels. Fourth grade hopes their donations will help the Sisters of St. Joseph supply people with things we take for granted.

FIFTH & SIXTH GRADE Mercy Center for Women www.mcwerie.org
The fifth and sixth graders are donating the $5.00 they would use for an exchange gift to buy paper products such as paper towels, toilet tissue, tissues and/or garbage bags. They hope these items or a monetary donation will contribute to safe secure homes for the homeless women and children that are served by the Mercy Center for Women.

SEVENTH & EIGHTH GRADE St. Patrick’s Haven 814-454-7219
The seventh & eighth graders are donating money, coffee, creamer, tube socks, spray deodorant, soap, shampoo and men’s gloves to aid the temporary residence for homeless men in Erie. They feel it is important to remember those who others sometimes overlook and give these men a brighter Christmas season.

This project helps us focus on the true meaning of Christmas.
It is in giving that we receive! Help us help others!

Parishioners: Please mark your items for each grade and
return them to the church office.

Thank you for your generosity! Attend the OLP School Advent Service: Tuesday, December 22, 2015, at 9:15AM in Church.