RUMFORD – Students at Holy Savior School this week are filling bags with items for children who have to leave their homes because of an emergency.

Bags of Love is one of the events marking Maine Catholic Schools Week. On Monday, bags were filled with “handmade quilts, stuffed animals and personal items like toiletries,” Principal Barbara Pelletier said.

“In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, the project will help the students understand that sharing gifts we have received in abundance and serving others are ways in which we please God,” she said.

The bags of items donated by area families and the school will be delivered to families.

Pelletier said Bishop Robert P. Deeley visited classes and spoke to students Monday.

“These boys and girls who receive these bags will now have a quilt and other things they can use because of your kindness,” Deeley told them. “You give dignity to those who receive them.”

Other events this week include a pajama day, a movie day and a trip to Black Mountain ski area.

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