Monday, December 28, 2009

Hundreds of Christmas gifts pour in to replace what 'Grinch' stole

The Grinch wore a size 11 1/2 shoe, weighed about 240 pounds and was down a few drops of blood.

But the parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Violet said the person who stole 65 Christmas gifts collected for the parish's Angel Tree program in the early morning hours of Dec. 20 ignited a positive surge of donations and Christian charity that more than made up for the brazen pre-Christmas theft.

"They had the Grinch, but we've got this," said Our Lady of Lourdes parishioner Rainy Cook Dec. 22 as she wrapped some of the hundreds of replacement gifts that came flooding into the church after news of the break-in went global on cable news and the Internet.

"It's a resurrection -- having everything taken from us to new life," said Father John Arnone, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, which reopened only a month ago after Hurricane Katrina nearly destroyed the church in August 2005 beneath 12 feet of water. "We probably got in about six or seven times as many gifts as were taken. The outpouring of generosity, support and concern has been overwhelming." read full story here

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