NHS Students Give Back During the Holidays
Over the holidays, students from the Homer Central School District’s National Honor Society (NHS) took advantage of multiple opportunities to demonstrate the holiday spirit.
First up, the group participated in the Salvation Army’s Adopt-a-Family program! Their contributions included not only time, but food and toys as well. The NHS students organized a delicious dinner for their “adopted” family, providing a turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes (and gravy), numerous vegetables, and dessert. Moreover, they provided gifts for five children, including toys and clothing.
Typically, gifts in the Adopt-a-Family program are intended for children 12 years or younger, but this family had a 14-year-old among its number. Worrying about this individual “feeling left out,” the NHS crew pulled together and bought some gifts for this family member as well, helping ensure that the everyone experienced holiday joy. Due to the overwhelming generosity of contributions for the Adopt-a-Family program, the NHS students were also able to convert “leftover” funds into grocery and retail gift cards for the family as well.
Additionally, the NHS team took part in the Macy’s Letters to Santa program, in broader support of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. For every letter written to Santa, Macy’s donates a dollar to Make-a-Wish, and has accumulated over $2 million in donations to date. For the NHS team’s part, they were able to send over 100 letters as 2018 wound down.
By participating in these two programs, the NHS students accomplished the rare feat of directly impacting the holiday season of a local family, while also contributing to a national cause. Not a bad season’s work for the NHS team!