Donations sought for 5th community Boxing Day event

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STAR STAFF

The 5th Annual Community Boxing Day Giveaway will be Saturday, Jan. 13, in Miles City. 

Despite the name, Boxing Day, celebrated on Dec. 26 in Great Britain, has nothing to do with pugilistic competition. Nor is it a day for people to return gifts.

In Miles City, this event, which this year will be on Jan. 13 starting at 9 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Parish Center at 520 N. Montana Ave., is a time for residents to give to the community. 

People who would like to donate used or new items for the giveaway may bring them to the parish center from Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 12, starting at 9 a.m. each day. Do not bring clothing for this year’s event.

While the exact origins of the Boxing Day holiday are obscure, it is likely it began in England during the middle ages, according to a news release from the Sacred Heart Parish.

Some historians say the holiday developed because servants were required to work on Christmas Day, but took the following day off. As servants prepared to leave to visit their families, their employers would present them with gift boxes.

Another theory is that the boxes placed in churches where parishioners deposited coins for the poor were opened and the contents distributed on Dec. 26, which also is the Feast of St. Stephen. St. Stephen was one of the seven original deacons of the Christian church ordained by the Apostles. 

As time went on, Boxing Day in America was seen as a way to give something back to one’s own community.

Those needing more information about this event or wanting to have their donations picked up should call Jackie Bremer at 234-0597.

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