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Student project blankets community with love

St. Anthonyís of Padua Church confirmation students Samantha Morrill, 14, of Webster, and Ryan Tarpey, 14 of Dudley, present blankets to Webster-Dudley Food Share Director Food Share Donna Farrow and a fellow food share volunteer. Joy Richard. (click for larger version)
December 16, 2010
WEBSTER — Like the old adage goes, it's the littlest things, which end up meaning the most.

This was true in the case of a group of St. Anthony's of Padua Church confirmation students in Dudley. There little gesture of collecting 67 blankets for the homeless will leave many residents a little warmer this holiday season.

The group of four students gave back to the communities of Webster and Southbridge by collecting blankets as a part of their confirmation preparation, which will take place when they become sophomores, next year.

The blankets will be given to the Grace House, which is run though the Southbridge Interfaith Hospitality Network (SHIN,) and the Webster-Dudley Food Share. An organization, which is based out of the United Church of Christ, Webster.

St. Anthony Religious Education teacher Shareese Morrill developed the blanket project this year with the help of Religious Education Coordinator Linda Brink.

Brink said the idea came up after students listened to a sermon one Sunday morning from Rev. Paul Campbell.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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