CRANFORD, NJ – The Christmas tree in the main foyer of Saint Michael School is much more than a decoration, it represents a tradition of blessings, awareness and giving. For more than 15 years, the students, parents and faculty of Saint Michael School participate in the annual Giving Tree program. Principal Sandy Miragliotta said, “The children understand there are many less fortunate and it is our responsibility to help in any way we can. The older children learn the corporal works of mercy and how their actions make a difference.” The Giving Tree program has children choose a tag off the Christmas tree with a gift request. The children bring the item to school in a gift bag, the gifts are collected and delivered to families in need through Saint Joseph’s Social Service Center in Elizabeth. This year more than 300 new clothing items were collected.
Since 1983, Saint Joseph’s has served the materially poor and homeless community of greater Elizabeth. The center provides basic human needs such as; food, clothing, medication and a wide range of programs to help them acquire the material goods and social support they need.