WATERVILLE — In the season of Advent, Mount Merici students came together to serve a group especially in need of smiles and care at Christmas: children in need, according to a news release from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.

A Christmas tree was decorated with paper angels labeled with items for children associated with the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers. The tree was placed in the lobby of Mount Merici and each student, from nursery school to eighth grade, selected an angel listing an item, including books, hats, mittens, gloves, and toys, for a child in need.

“A little girl will really like this!” said one nursery school student who picked an angel listing a coloring book and crayons, according to the release.

Founded in 1899, the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers offer many services including adoption, early care and education, mentoring for young parents, and counseling assistance. The organization’s Christmas program provides gifts for more than 1,700 children in Maine.

“Mount Merici Academy is honored to serve our community members through the Maine Children’s Home as we continue to live our Ursuline motto of Serviam during this season of Advent and beyond,” said Vicki Duguay, principal of the academy.

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