SS. Simon and Jude School in West Chester provided holiday gifts to 350 children through the Angel Tree Program of the Delaware Valley Children’s Charity Nov. 29.

Students of the school, their families and SS. Simon and Jude parishioners collected bikes, toys, books, clothes and many other gifts on the Christmas list of hundreds of underprivileged children in recent weeks. The gifts were then wrapped and, with the help of the school’s sixth graders, were taken from the church and loaded onto trucks for delivery.

“We could not be more proud of our SS. Simon and Jude family,” said Sister Regina Elinich, I.H.M., school principal. “This is my first Christmas at SS. Simon and Jude and I am so delighted to see the children living out our mission and sharing in the true meaning of the Christmas season.”

The Delaware Valley Children’s Charity was started 30 years ago by SS. Simon and Jude parishioners Rob and Janie Wermuth. In 2002, as part of a sixth grade service project, student Jude Moribondo introduced the charity to the school. Since that time participation in the Angel Tree Program has become a SS. Simon and Jude tradition where families adopt an underprivileged Pennsylvania child for Christmas and fulfill his or her wish list.

For more information contact Cindy Moribondo at 610-399- 3900, or the Delaware Valley Children’s Charity at 610-344-9311.