The gift of giving

A great cause: Kathy Per­petua (left) hands a homemade ros­ary to Alice Bren­nan at the an­nu­al Loc­al 22 wid­ows lunch­eon, where she also presen­ted a check to Loc­al 22 Pres­id­ent Joe Schulle from the ros­ar­ies she has sold. MARIA POUCH­NIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

In­ter­na­tion­al As­so­ci­ation of Fire­fight­ers Loc­al 22 last week wel­comed dozens of wid­ows for a pre-Thanks­giv­ing lunch that also in­cluded dessert, a take-home din­ner, a Visa gift card, mu­sic and dan­cing.

Money raised for the feast comes from dona­tions by act­ive and re­tired fire­fight­ers.

In ad­di­tion, Holme Circle res­id­ent Kathy Per­petua re­plen­ished the wid­ows’ fund by donat­ing $3,200 in pro­ceeds from the sales of her hand­made ros­ary beads.

Per­petua and her hus­band, Tony, a re­tired Phil­adelphia fire­fight­er, thanked every­one who bought ros­ar­ies or placed a dona­tion in a jar. They sold the ros­ar­ies this year at craft fairs at Naz­areth Academy, Fath­er Judge and Holy Ghost Prep high schools and the United Ger­man Hun­gari­an Club.

This is the third year in a row that the couple ex­ceeded $3,000.

The 16th an­nu­al lunch­eon took place Nov. 22 at the uni­on hall at 5th and Wil­low streets. ••

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