Giving and receiving took place at Resurrection Catholic School Dec. 6, the feast day of St. Nicholas and the school’s annual Day of Sharing.

Students painted, glued, cut and colored to create cards and ornaments for community members. By the end of the day, piles of gifts were ready for delivery.

Some cards are destined for the Berks County Residential Center, a detention facility for immigrant families. Others will be sent to Meals on Wheels, Historic St. Mary’s Community Meals and parishioners of St. Mary, St. Joseph, St. Anthony and San Juan Bautista churches who are confined to their homes.

The excitement starts as St. Nicholas helpers prepare for the saint’s visit by filling treat bags big enough to fit into the shoes of younger students. The fun has become a Resurrection tradition based on the story that credits the generous saint with tossing gold into the home of three poor girls, and landing it in their shoes and stockings.

Taking another cue from the first gift giver, St. Nick, students hung their Giving Tree stars and will donate socks, gloves and hats to Lancaster’s Families in Transition program.