By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI
Bags of hats, gloves, mittens and scarves hung on the fence outside Our Lady Mt. Carmel School in Asbury Park this week as part of the school’s Community Service Club celebration of Catholic Schools Week.
A sign on the fence said “Pplease take one” indicating that the bags were there for the taking by anyone who needed to stay warm.
The goods came just in time as the forecast called for light snow and temperatures dipping into the 20s this week.
Katie O’Meara, Administrative Assistant to Principal Sr. Jude, said the project began on Monday which was the beginning of Catholic Schools Week and the National Day of Service.
This year 80 bags were hung but by Tues., Jan. 31 only about 12 remained.
“We’re going to have to get some more out there, it’s going to be cold this week,” O’Meara said.
She said the items were donated by those in the school community including students, teachers and staff and collected and bagged by the school’s Community Service Club.
This is the second year the club participated in the program.
“We did this last year, and it was a big hit,” O’Meara said.