NHS Increases Volunteer Efforts for Holidays

National Honors Society members are making themselves busy with volunteering in the holiday season.

By Meaghan Keohane

Countless individuals are excited about this overindulgent time of the year, but for many people it is the most difficult time to provide what is expected for these expensive holidays. In efforts to help people who are struggling around the holidays, the National Honors Society has begun to gear their monthly volunteer projects towards this festive season.

“There is so much need within the community,” said the new advisor of the National Honors Society, Roxann Engel. “Particularly during the holidays, it is a critical time to reach out to people. That’s the reason for the season, to give.”

Already this holiday season, National Honor Society had a pie drive. Each newly inducted National Honors Society member was required to bring one to two pies. The pies were then used to feed more than 700 people on Thanksgiving.

National Honors Society’s next project, in partnership with the Salvation Army, is to set up a giving tree at Central by the main entrance. On the tree, students and faculty will be able to pick an ornament with the gender and age of a child and get a gift matching the specifications on the card.

NHS members can also sign up for volunteer projects outside Engle’s office. Some of the options students can sign up for include helping categorize the toys collected by Toys for Tots and taking part with a “necessity drive” to collect and organize necessities and small gifts for teens.