Manhattan Mall

St. Richard Catholic School’s annual service project, Manhattan Mall, is one of the yearly endeavors that speaks to the Catholic Social Teaching- Option for the Poor and Vulnerable, and to the works of mercy that are at the root of the mercy heritage. Manhattan Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is across the street from the scool. Many of the residents are not able to leave the nursing home and shop for Christmas presents for their children or grandchildren, so the sixth-grade brings the stores to the residents.  The stores, which are supervised by the sixth-graders, are divided into different sections and each resident receives Manhattan Mall “money” to shop for five gifts each. Once the residents have purchased their items, they have the option of having them gift-wrapped for their loved ones. Shown are (from left, back) Quinn Pope, Alan Garrison, Aisaiah Henderson, Phillip Macke, Kairi Smith, Nyla Johnson, Bailee Alexander, Mackenzie Nance, Isaiah Hardeman; (third row) Suzanna Blaylock, Gavin Brice, Stephanie Burton, Anders Orsborn, Sydney Lieb, Mamie Sandel, Addie Garbacz, Logan Burger; (second row) Ireland Smith, Hayes Gomez, Bash Brown, Leta Decker, Peggy Steckler, Sofia Liberto, Kirsten Cornelius; (front) Anya Klein, Turner Brown, Atticus Klein, Azul Garcia, Leah Williams, Jonathan Ruiz.


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