Bishop Brady Rallies Around Operation Santa Claus

School sponsored 140 children this year; students carried banner in parade

The community of Bishop Brady High School gets really into Operation Santa Claus. How much? Well, Campus Minister Linda Fairbanks originally took on 130 kids this year, and it wasn’t enough.

Bishop Brady students who take part in Campus Ministry donned reindeer and elf outfits to march with Operation Santa Claus in the 61st annual Concord Christmas Parade on Saturday. The school sponsored 140 children this year through Operation Santa Claus.

“Within days, I had them all spoken for,” Fairbanks said. “I had to go back for 10 more.”

Fairbanks said the school has taken on between 125 and 140 children each year for the past 12 years, which makes the school the largest non-state agency sponsor of Operation Santa Claus. Advisory groups, which are made up of about 12-15 students each take one child, she said; clubs pick up a few more and families take the rest.

“It takes me only about a week to get everyone sponsored,” she said, which is of added significance given that the school had also been in the midst of its Thanksgiving food drive at the time.

“It’s an awesome community,” she said.

That community was out in force at the Concord Christmas Parade this weekend.

“This year, my Campus Ministry group went crazy and they all wanted to do something,” she said of participating in the parade. “I think we had 17. They were either reindeer pulling sleighs or elves.”

“They had a ball at the parade, saying ‘we’re going to do this again, right?’ ”

You can help Operation Santa Claus by emailing seaosc@seiu1984.org. You can learn more by visiting its page at http://www.seiu1984.org/operationsantaclaus/.

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