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It started with a small Nativity scene, with little hand-painted figurines. Years ago, Carol Ehlert was working in a craft store at Village Square shopping center in Hazelwood and saw it come into the store. She knew she had to buy it.

Then came the Precious Moments Nativity set, which she joked she never told her husband how much it cost.

Eventually, collecting Nativity scenes became a nearly 50-year hobby for Ehlert, a member of St. Joseph Parish in Cottleville. Ask her how many she has, and she'll tell you she's simply lost track.

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Carson Burroughs loves sports. Mention soccer or baseball, and the 7-year-old lights up with excitement.

"I swing the bat," Carson said, showing off his bat and running around the living room. "I want to hit a home run!"

Carson was diagnosed with Sanfilippo Syndrome at the age of 5. The genetic disease causes progressive dementia in children, because of a lacking enzyme that is meant to break down cellular waste in the brain.

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The Missouri Catholic Conference is urging people to contact the state's U.S. senators and representatives to urge continued funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

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Joseph Baxendale of De Smet Jesuit High School cleaned water remaining in a home in Punta Santiago, Puerto Rico, on a service trip to the island territory devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria more than two months ago.

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, eight students and two faculty from De Smet Jesuit High School arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for a one-week service trip looking like "a great American gang walking in and everyone knew that we meant business," as senior Hunter Schoenig described it.

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Wade Chatfield, right, a member advisor for Catholic Charities of St. Louis’ Pathways to Progress program, helped Loddie Gillespie with her resume and getting her professional profile established on LinkedIn. With the help of Chatfield and Pathways to Progress, Gillespie is finding herself back on track.

Loddie Gillespie describes herself as always curious, always on the go. The word quit is not in her vocabulary.

As a mother, she's used to giving to others. But after facing several serious life hurdles, Gillespie found herself asking others for help.

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