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Irish heritage groups celebrate Christmas with dinner and giving

AOH and LAOH donate to Sussex Countians in need
Shown with gifts from St. Edmond's Giving Tree Program are (l-r) LAOH members Bernie Polinski, Pat Hauf, Denise Boswell, Maggie St. Jean, Charlotte Duffy, Dawn Huss, Karen Sharkey and Judy Doyle. SOURCE SUBMITTED
December 22, 2012

The newly formed Sussex County Division of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians joined their male counterparts of the Ancient Order of Hibernians for a dinner Dec. 6 at Mariachi, where LAOH members donated Christmas gifts to be distributed through the St. Edmond’s Christmas Giving Tree Program.

AOH members joined in the giving by collecting numerous clothing and food items for distribution to the homeless. The order is a Catholic, Irish-American fraternal organization founded in New York City in 1836. The order has provided a continuing bridge with Ireland for those who are generations removed from the country.

The LAOH was founded in Omaha, Neb. in 1894. The AOH and LAOH sponsor many programs associated with promoting their Irish heritage and culture, but equally important are the many local community service activities and charitable donations.