The youth groups at Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick’s parishes have kept busy with several recent service projects.
Blessed Trinity’s junior-high group from St. Margaret Mary in Apalachin has begun its eighth annual coat drive. Clean, useable winter coats can be dropped off at the church, 1110 Pennsylvania Ave., before or after any Mass. Other drop-off sites are the Apalachin Library, 719 Main St., and Johnson’s Pools & Spas, 1088 Route 434, Owego.
In addition to the coat drive, the St. Margaret Mary junior-high group recently assisted the needy by trick-or-treating for area food banks Oct. 30. Rather than ask for candy, the youths requested canned or nonperishable food items. Another Halloween-related project involved both junior- and senior-high youths, who assisted residents of Broome Developmental Center during a Halloween dance there Oct. 28.
At St. Patrick’s in Owego, the senior-high group performed a Halloween trick-or-treat service effort that netted personal-care items for A New Hope Center in Owego, which supports victims of abuse and violence.
Also, St. Patrick’s junior-high group took part in a pumpkin-carving project to help decorate the Ross Park Zoo in Binghamton for a fundraiser event. Members conducted another animal-related project by collecting pet food and kitty litter for Stray Haven Animal Shelter.