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December 3, 2009

42nd Annual Operation Santa Claus
Sponsored by the Office for Youth and Young Adults of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Santa's Elves at Work in Chester County and Center City

For the 42nd year in a row, teens from across the Archdiocese will be gathering each day for two straight weeks to collect, sort, wrap and tag toys that will be delivered to over 650 families in need. Twenty-five community groups will also receive toys from Operation Santa Claus for children served by their agencies. The student volunteers are members of either the Community Service Corps in their Catholic high school or their parish youth ministry program. The "Elves" will be working on:

Operation Santa Claus - Chester County Wrapping Center
Sunday, December 6, 2009
1p.m. - 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

3:15 p.m. Mass
St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish
Route 202 and East Pleasant Grove Road
West Chester

Operation Santa Claus - Center City Wrapping Center
Wednesday, December 15, 2009
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1818 Market Street, 12th Floor

"Elves" from Cardinal Dougherty, Bishop McDevitt and Nazareth Academy High Schools will be at the Operation Santa Claus Wrapping Center on Wednesday, December 15, 2009.

Operation Santa Claus started in 1967 when 12 Archdiocesan teenagers wanted to help 10 families in need in their area. They dressed up like Santa and his elves and delivered toys to the families. This Archdiocesan tradition grew from that selfless act to its current size. This year over 20,000 toys will be distributed or delivered to 5000 children.

For more information please contact Kathy Pfeffer, Coordinator of Community Service Corps, Office for Youth and Young Adults, Archdiocese of Philadelphia at 215-965-4636.

Editor's Note: Please do not publish or broadcast the locations of the wrapping centers.

Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist

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