Niagara Gazette —
The residents sang along, many clapping or dancing from their seats. One of them, Sister Elena Sinatra, had with her a festive bell-clad Christmas decoration that she made great use of during “Jingle Bells.”
“The holidays can be kind of depressing for the residents,” said Katey Dulak, the activities and volunteer director at Our Lady of Peace. “Sometimes it’s the change in the weather, or some residents don’t have family to spend the season with.”
When the singing and reading was finished, the students each took some cards and essays from their classmates and handed them out to the residents, who were eager to see them. A smile shown on each face, young and old alike, as the children tightly hugged the residents and discussed the importance of kindness with them.
Another person who played an important role in Kalfas sending kindness out on the road was Assistant Superintendent Mark Laurrie. He provided two busses to get the kids to Our Lady of Peace so they could complete their mission.
When the residents eventually began to head out to lunch, a peaceful feeling settled in over the room, and the children said their goodbyes and wished their new friends a happy holiday.
“We’re trying to spread holiday cheer and show everyone to always pay it forward,” said Dulak. “We’re hoping the kids can come in here and see that our residents are just like them, they can be just as loving, caring and funny as anyone else.”