NHS Officers Deliver Toys for Teens around the Community
The National Honor Society officers were found at the Salvation Army the week before Christmas break with dozens of bags filled with gifts for Toys for Teens. They dropped off bags on community members’ doorsteps on a Sunday and picked them up the following Sunday. Each bag was stapled with a note, asking the recipient for any items they would be willing to donate for Toys for Teens and a list of ideas. They were surprised by the multitude of donations that were made.
Bags were used to gather donations in a way that was contactless. The bags were also deemed helpful because residents that decided to donate did not have to drop off their donations anywhere further than their doorstep.
NHS chose Toys for Teens because of the in-person school being suspended, therefore eliminating the opportunity for the Interact Club to hold their annual Toys for Teens competition in school, which would typically bring in a plethora of gifts to donate. The NHS wanted to fill some of that loss for the Salvation Army.
The four officers made their present delivery in Santa hats, and the Salvation Army volunteers were surprised and thrilled by the number of donations that they were able to bring in. Secretary Jennifer Judge thought that it was uplifting to “see the community come together in the hard times brought on by COVID.” She hopes that the National Honor Society will do something similar in the years to come. The drive was a success for everyone involved, and was a heartwarming way to unite people during this crazy Christmas season.