Students help provide Christmas Day smiles for seniors at Phillips-Strickland House

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Some elves disguised as students from All Saints Catholic School in Bangor were on a mission to complete Project North Pole Thursday.

Students in each grade collect items for the residents at Phillips-Strickland House, a residential care center for seniors.

They gather things such as hygiene items, pencils, mirrors, picture frames and much more.

They take time hand-wrapping each gift to be placed in a stocking and hung on residents' doors Christmas morning.

Merdith Walsh, a 5th grader at All Saints Catholic School says, "I think it's special because sometimes people who live in homes like this don't really get a lot of presents and it's nice for us to give back to our community."

Angela Walsh, President of the PTFO at All Saints Catholic School says, "We really strive at All Saints to do several service projects each year and this is one of the ones that the kids have really enjoyed and it's a wonderful time of year to do these things. It just touches the heart."

Staff at the home say the residents love waking up to the stockings on Christmas morning.