By Chris Meehan
More than 100 children will have a brighter Christmas, thanks to Servant Branch and its Action division. The second and third Saturdays in December, Action members sponsored a toy and clothing giveaway on the West Side of St. Paul, in the basement of the former convent where 11 People of Praise members live.
The pre-Christmas giveaway was the brainchild of two juniors at Trinity School at River Ridge, Ailish Koerpel and Mary Michaud. Ailish says, “Just a few weeks ago I overheard my mother say she wanted to donate my brother's winter coat to Goodwill or Salvation Army. Although the coat was still in good shape, my brother had outgrown it. I wanted to feel a more personal connection than simply giving it to an anonymous person somewhere, so I suggested we give it to someone on the west side of St. Paul.”