Seventh grader Jack Derosier thinks giving is better than getting. So he and 19 students from All Saints Catholic School put that maxim into action Thursday morning at the Phillips-Strickland House in Bangor.
Called “Project North Pole,” each grade from the school, preschool through eighth grade, collected items such as toothpaste, shampoo, pencils and mirrors — typically items the 47 residents of the senior living facility would have to buy themselves. The students then wrapped the items up and put them into stockings for the residents.
Linda Nickerson, activity director at Phillips-Strickland, started collecting donations back in September and gave the school a list of things the residents needed. She said All Saints and its students collected 90 percent of items, with donations also coming from Phillips-Strickland staff, volunteers and Machias Savings Bank.