For firefighter widows, a gift from the heart

Kathy Per­petua donated $2,235 from the sale of hand­made ros­ar­ies to the wid­ows fund of the In­ter­na­tion­al As­so­ci­ation of Fire Fight­ers Loc­al 22. The dona­tion was made on Nov. 21 dur­ing an an­nu­al lunch­eon at the uni­on hall. From left: Per­petua (far right) is joined by Loc­al 22 pres­id­ent Bill Gault and wid­ows (from left) Joan White, Betty Eis­en­lohr and Mar­garet Ginty.

Kathy Per­petua, the Holme Circle wo­man who sells hand­made ros­ary beads, last week donated $2,235 to the wid­ows’ fund of In­ter­na­tion­al As­so­ci­ation of Fire Fight­ers Loc­al 22.

Per­petua made the dona­tion dur­ing the fund’s 14th an­nu­al hol­i­day lunch­eon on Nov. 21 at the uni­on hall, at Fifth and Wil­low streets.

Act­ive fire­fight­ers serve the meals, and the wo­men are presen­ted with gift bags, along with a tur­key and all the fix­ings. The af­ter­noon also in­cluded dan­cing and a disc jockey.

Per­petua, whose hus­band, Tony, is a re­tired fire­man, thanked all of the people who bought ros­ar­ies at craft shows at Amer­ic­an Her­it­age Fed­er­al Cred­it Uni­on, the Im­macu­late Mary Home and Fath­er Judge and Holy Ghost Prep high schools.

In ad­di­tion, she thanked the own­ers of the New Boulevard Diner for run­ning a raffle that raised $150 for the fund.

Earli­er this year, Per­petua donated $800 in ros­ary sales to the fam­ily of Lt. Dave Meskill, a fourth-gen­er­a­tion Phil­adelphia fire­man who died in March of can­cer. He was sur­vived by his wife, Ger­aldine, and sons Con­or, Sean and Aidan. ••

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