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Josiah Franklin, 7 months, sits in Bishop Michael G. Duca’s lap before the bishop gives him a gift at the bishop’s distribution of gifts to children of families in need at the St. Vincent de Paul Society on Dec. 22. Approximately 5,600 gifts were collected that were sorted and wrapped by about 800 volunteers, according to SVDP CEO and Executive Director Michael Acaldo. “The success of the effort started with the smile on the bishop’s and children’s faces,” said Acaldo. Bishop Duca carries on a tradition that was started in the 1990s under Bishop Alfred C. Hughes then continued under Bishop Emeritus Robert W. Muench. The line of the people waiting to receive gifts stretched around the block. Photo by Debbie Shelley | The Catholic Commentator