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Covenant Shelter Celebrates Twelfth Night [VIDEO]

Open house and children's choir mark end of Christmas season

The and children's choir from the bid farewell to the Christmas season with an annual Twelfth Night celebration on Thursday.

The annual celebration invites residents to learn more about the Covenant Shelter's mission, tour the building, and listen to music. The shelter at 42 Jay Street began in 1983 as a joint effort by the and . It is capable of providing shelter, meals, and case management services for up to 14 single men, three single women, and five single parent families including 13 children. According to information provided during the evening, the shelter provided 9,805 bed nights and 17,839 meals to 295 people by the fiscal year ending in September.

Carmelo L. Foti, chairman of the shelter's board of directors, thanked those who have donated to the shelter. He said the gifts have included money, food, toys, clothing, and volunteer time.

"All of those things allow us to extend hope and hospitality to those who need such," said Foti.

The St. Mary Star of the Sea School choir sang a series of songs, including a medley of tunes from The Sound of Music and a New London-themed version of "The 12 Days of Christmas."

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