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The annual United Way Labor Christmas Stocking Project, coordinated by the United Way of Wyoming Valley's Labor Participation Department and the Greater Wilkes-Barre Labor Council's Community Services Committee, was recently held at Teamsters Local 401 union hall. More than 30 volunteers helped pack 500 candy-filled stockings for five different United Way partner agencies that provide a variety of services for local children with special needs. Cassie Cerulli, Miss Wilkes-Barre Scranton, made a special appearance to help the group with the holiday project. The current community service project has been in existence for over 40 years. It was started as a result of the closing of the St. Stanislaus Orphanage in Glen Lyon, where the Wilkes-Barre Labor Council and local labor movement would conduct a Christmas party for the residents. Participants, from left, first row: Kaya Klepaski and Corey Klepaski. Second row: Michael Cinti, Maria Cinti, Christopher Cinti, Roxie Pauline, UFCW 1776 and NEPA ALF; Cassie Cerulli; Terry Marcavage, PASNAP/Wyoming Valley Nurses Association; and Tom Ilowiecki and Dave Carey, USW 5652-00. Third row: Ed Harry, AFSCME 2585; Mary Migatulski, UNITE/ILGWU; Christine Yukenavage, AFSCME 2585; Jan Lohmann, CWA 13571; Carol McNulty, Wilkes-Barre Area Education Association; Patty Krushnowski, IBEW 1944; Mary Kay Pettinger, AFGE 2809 and Mark Klepaski. 4th row: Gil Cooney, UFCW 1776 & NEPA Retirees Assoc.; Dennis McNulty, Teamsters 401; Tom Bindus, Teamsters 401; Don Engleman, CWA 13000; Patrick Connors, Teamsters 401; Tina Connors, P.J. Connors, Michele Kessler, UFCW 1776 & NEPA ALF; Dave Williams, CWA 13000; Natalie Elms, Brett Musial, UFCW 1776; Walter Klepaski, Laborers Local 130; and Grace Klepaski.

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