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December 19, 2013

Step Back in Time: Dec. 19, 2013

Step Back Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colorin Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

Dec. 19, 1988

SIDNEY — A 40-year holiday tradition in Sidney had a new twist over the weekend outside Sacred Heart Church on Liberty Street.

Operation Merry Christmas, which has served the needy in Sidney with food, clothing and toys since it was founded by a clerk in The Hospital shortly after World War II, had its first-ever collection drive outside Sacred Heart Church Sunday. The collection was co-sponsored by The Daily Star, which supplied vans for loading the collected goods.

Lucretia D’Imperio began Operation Merry Christmas 40 years ago, when she was employed as a clerk at The Hospital in Sidney. She and another hospital employee noticed a patient who seemed in need, so they offered to help the patient find clothing and food. Each year, more and more patients seemed to need help, D’Imperio said, so she began going through the community looking for donations from businesses, service organizations and individuals.

When one business owner asked her for whom she was collecting donations, she made up “Operation Merry Christmas” on the spot.

Since then, D’Imperio, 71, with the help of numerous volunteers over the years, has spent much of her holiday time collecting new and used clothing, putting together food baskets and taking in any available toys to give away to needy people in Sidney.

She said she plans to help 200 children with clothing, toys and food and will distribute 56 food baskets in time for Christmas. She said 86 families should benefit from her giveaways this year, which she can make through the donations she receives, which last year totaled $4,000.


50 years ago

Dec. 19, 1963

A simple device that puts into practical use a long known but never before properly applied theory of photography has brought two Oneontans a joint award from the State Commission.

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