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Giving The Gifts Of Christmas—Kids From Howard Beach Church Spread Joy

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Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2002 12:00 am

The third and fourth graders who participate in the Kids for Jesus afterschool program at Our Lady of Grace Church in Howard Beach, distributed candy to Rego Park seniors and got a lesson in the true meaning of Christmas.

The children brought about 100 candy canes and some bags of Hershey’s Kisses to the seniors at the Madison York Adult Home in Rego Park on Tuesday afternoon. After the kids distributed the candy, they sang Christmas songs.

The youth group was started this year by Father John Madori and is led by Cheryl Taormina.

Taormina came up with the idea to bring the candy to the seniors. “It was a lesson to the kids about goodwill and to think about doing something for others who are less fortunate and don’t have as much.”

The Kids for Jesus program teaches the children different lessons, including being kind to others, doing their homework and respecting their parents. They are also taught safety lessons, like never walking home alone and don’t talk to strangers.

The group sets up a prayer time, and when they are finished with the lessons for the day, the kids are allowed to play in a recreation area.

The children in Kids for Jesus who visited the seniors this week are: Joseph Taormina; Nicolette Isola; Brandon O’ Shea; Rosemarie Mulligan; Jessica Tufano; Sabrina Flynn; Daniela Davi; Catherine Hickey; Maggie Hennessey; Thomas Baily Watson Grun; Monica Zaharia; Domnick Siano; Joseph Didomenico; Danielle Guagenti; Peter Mulligan; Christal Taormina; Antonio Marchione; Brianna Marchione and Laura O’Shea.

Taormina is assisted by Vera Isola and Patricia O’Shea.

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