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Elves stop by Bangor maternity home

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Shepherd's Godparent Home blessed with gifts

BANGOR - A group of Santa's elves from the Bangor Christian School and the All Saints Catholic School recently dropped off a load of Christmas presents to the Shepherd's Godparent Home in Bangor. The residence which houses young women in their teens and 20s who are pregnant and in crisis operates without any state or federal funding. Barbara Ford, the home's executive director, said the special delivery from the students was a wonderful surprise. 

"This is new to us this year. The All Saints Catholic School had a baby shower for the Blessed Mother Mary and came to us with multiple baby items, which we thought was so nice, and the Bangor Christian School brought household items and baby items that can be used," said Ford. "For many of these women, they've shared this is the first time they've celebrated Christmas in years."

The students also delivered a little holiday cheer to the seven women and three babies currently residing at the home, playing the bells and singing Christmas carols for all to enjoy.

"We really wanted to bless the moms," said Bangor Christian fourth grade teacher Sarah Keib. "The students usually spend $5 on a Yankee swap gift, but how meaningful is that one little gift? Five dollars for these girls [at the Godparent Home] means a lot."

Ford said that kind of generosity from youngsters does not go unnoticed by the new moms.  

"They're so moved that little kids would think this much of them and their babies," said Ford. 

And that's the exact lesson Mrs. Keib hopes her students learn throughout the school year.

"'I' is very big in their world, and I want them to think of others who aren't as blessed as them all year round not just as Christmas," said Keib. 

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