Michelle Mandaro and her Family fill Shoeboxes with Holiday Gifts for Underprivileged Children
By Sally Deering
Not all shoeboxes are the same; some hold heels, some hold sneakers; while still others hold toothbrushes, combs, socks and a whole lot of love.
Since 1993, more than 100 million children have received shoeboxes through Operation Christmas Child, a project from the Christian organization Samaritan’s Purse (www.samaritanspurse.com) with more than 100,000 volunteers creating and distributing the shoeboxes filled with trinkets to put a smile on a child’s face Christmas morning.
Operation Christmas Child brings shoeboxes filled with trinkets – both the necessary and the fun kind – to underprivileged children throughout the country. Participating for the fifth year are Michelle Mandaro – owner of Amelia’s Bistro in Jersey City – her 9 year-old son Alexander, and 7 year-old daughter Emilie.
“My sister-in-law Fortune Mandaro has been doing it for 20 years,” Michelle Mandaro says. “This is my fifth year doing it with my my children. Last year we created 54 shoeboxes and this year we’re making 60. My kids love shopping for the boxes they love stuffing the boxes, they write letters to the children and they receive letters back.”
Knights before Christmas!
By Sally Deering
The classic Christmas movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life!” is a holiday tradition that seems to make us all remember the true spirit of Christmas isn’t how much money you spend, but the friends and family who stick by you when the chips are down.
As we all get ready to spend the holidays with family and friends, let’s not forget the more than 1.5 million U.S. Servicemen-and-women deployed overseas and on active duty here in the states who won’t be home this holiday to eat dinner with the family or steal a Christmas kiss under the mistletoe. Continue reading River View Observer Cover Story-Share your Holiday Spirit with our Soldiers Overseas!
Christ Hospital in Jersey City Offers Holiday Stress Tips
The holidays should be a time of joy, good cheer and high hopes for the upcoming new year. However, after the gift shopping, holiday decorating, and family get-togethers are done, many people are often left with elevated levels of stress or depression this time of the year.
The holidays are also a time when people feel the loss of a loved one more sharply. Even the memory of a traumatic event, such as a serious illness, can dampen one’s holiday spirits. Older adults, for example, may feel isolated or forgotten, as the season reminds them of happier times. Continue reading Holiday Health Stress Tips
While gift-buying consumes the lion’s share of most budgets, holiday decorating doesn’t have to be expensive. A little ingenuity goes a long way!
Here are a host of ways you can decorate your home without spending a bundle this year: