Packages packed, blessed and on their way

THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON — Mother of Hope Deanery has sent 32 cases filled with 524 individual Boxes of Joy to Cross Catholic Outreach’s distribution center in south Florida. Volunteers involved in that outreach included Team Joy volunteers Dylan Bucci, front, and back, from left, project leader Joelle Bucci, Jillian Bucci, Patricia Simpson, Guy Bucci and Arlene Redish. -- Contributed

RICHMOND — Mother of Hope Deanery has sent 32 cases filled with 524 individual Boxes of Joy to Cross Catholic Outreach’s distribution center in south Florida.

The outreach means there will be more than 500 additional children receiving a Christmas gift and the message of Jesus Christ this December.

“Some of these children in poverty stricken countries have never received a gift in their life and quite possibly this may be the only gift they get for most of them,” said Joelle Bucci, project leader for the Mother of Hope Deanery.

“We just feel so blessed to be able to help out children who have nothing and are so grateful for the generosity of our parishes and surrounding communities. We look forward to serving this worthwhile charity in the future,” Bucci said.

The Rev. John “Jack” McCoy, pastor of St. John Fisher Church in Richmond, bestowed a final blessing over the Boxes of Joy donated from throughout Mother of Hope Deanery and surrounding areas that were collected during Box of Joy Drop-off Week, which was conducted Nov. 3-11.

To sign up a group or organization next year or to learn about the Box of Joy program and Cross Catholic Outreach, go to www.crosscatholic.org/boxofjoy.

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