Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas Good News

Evelyn Florendo sprouts more angel wings!
Evelyn Florendo

Since 1984, Holy Name of Jesus parishioner Evelyn Florendo has thrown a Christmas party for youth in prison.

This year, on Dec. 13, the four-foot-eleven Holy Name of Jesus parishioner will welcome Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, and former B.C. premiers Bill Vander Zalm, Glen Clark and their wives to the Burnaby Youth Detention Centre for a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, including presents for each boy and girl.

Florendo, who was widowed many years ago and raised four children while working a full time job, and her dedicated band of volunteers work for months ahead of time to make sure the young offenders aged 12 to 17 know that someone cares about them at Christmas.

"I am so grateful to all those who donate to this Christmas celebration," said Florendo. "Many of these kids are victims of broken homes, alcoholic parents, and abuse. Some have no one to visit them, either at Christmas, or at any other time of the year."

To donate to this worthy cause, call 604-327-2113.

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