But Father Kelly had an idea to overcome his challenge: He invited Mercy Home’s friends to “adopt an orphan just for Christmas day.” Readers were invited to give $1, $2, or $5 to sponsor a Christmas meal, candy, new clothes, and outerwear for a young man in need at the Home.
Readers of Waifs’ got a special look at Mercy Home’s festivities when Father Kelly shared a photo of our Christmas celebration in 1950. The beautifully decorated tree shows the meticulous care put into making our Home a cheerful place during the holidays!
When Father James Close took the helm, readers began to see a more in-depth picture of what Christmas at Mercy Home was like.
In the December 1978 issues of Waifs’, friends of the Home from C.W. Transport’s trucking terminal in Bridgeport, Ill., were recognized for their efforts to raise money to buy gifts for all the young men at Mercy Home.
C.W. Transport employees then wrapped the gifts and delivered them to Mercy Home on Christmas Eve, where they were placed under the tree and passed out after Christmas dinner. The company repeated this generous tradition for years!
Father Close reflected on this kindness: