ONEIDA — The students at St. Patrick’s School helped to welcome their newest neighbors Feb. 2, creating “welcome to the world” bags for babies born at the Oneida Healthcare Lullaby Center.

The project was part of the diocese’s “Mercy Extended: Catholic Schools Day of Service,” which saw all of the Catholic schools in the diocese participate in a community service project as part of their Catholic Schools Week celebrations.

Students filled each of 50 canvas bags with a toy, a stuffed animal, a book, a knit hat, a baby supplies kit and a prayer card. The toys, books and kits were donated by St. Patrick’s families; parents and teachers sewed the bags; and parents and community members made the hats, according to St. Patrick’s Principal Kristin Healt.

“I put a request for hats on our school’s Facebook page and we had an overwhelming response. We asked for 50 hats and received well over 300!” she told the Sun via email. Healt even crocheted some hats herself, she said.

Fifth and sixth graders helped their schoolmates assemble the bags, which Healt will deliver, along with the extra hats, to the Lullaby Center later this week.

“We hope that the moms who receive them in the coming months feel as much love as we did when we put them together!” Healt sadi.

See photos of the project below, and find out more about St. Patrick’s school here.

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