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Nativity Collector Gives Back To Community

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This Nativity scene of Michael Whalen's is from Germany. This type of Nativity scene is made from Christmas cards and works much like a pop-up book. Credit Dan Simons
This Nativity scene of Michael Whalen's is from Germany. This type of Nativity scene is made from Christmas cards and works much like a pop-up book. Credit Dan Simons

It started when Michael Whalen bought his first Nativity scene when he was 6 years old. Now his collection has snowballed to more than 400 different Nativity scenes, most of which can be seen by the public noon-7 p.m. Dec. 26-28 at St. Mary Queen of Creation Catholic Church in downtown New Baltimore.

"We do it for two reasons," says the Clinton Township resident and retired mortgage representative. "One is for the beauty of it all, the faith and the art."

"The other is for the food pantry," said Whalen. All donations from people who visit the event go to the food pantry and St. Vincent de Paul. "In this economy, they've been hit a lot. Their requests have gone up dramatically."

Read the whole story at New Baltimore Patch