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Donations at manger scene to be accepted for Kenyan mission projects
The detailed display, which is more than 28 feet long, will be open to the public 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily from Dec. 22 until Jan. 8, 2017.
Volunteers from the parish have constructed the nativity – one of the largest and most complete nativities in the United States – annually for 14 years. The scene, which takes at least a week to erect each year, includes not only the birth of Jesus, but also scenes from Christ’s childhood, and everyday life in Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
People who visit the manger scene will also have the opportunity to help a community in a remote area of Kenya, through donations collected at the manger scene. Cristo Rey was able to help a parish in Kenya build a new church with donations from the nativity over the years, and a missionary appeal. The new church replaced one constructed of mud and sticks.
This year, donations will also be accepted for an orphanage for abandoned, handicapped children in Kenya: Hope and Faith Home for Special Children. Parishioner Jose Herrero, a constant volunteer for the nativity scene, said these Kenya parishes are “in situations of extreme poverty” And encouraged all to visit the manger and donate as they are able.