NEWS: National Honor Society Hosts Annual Giving Tree
By Valeria Araujo – Editor-In-Chief
Jonathan Law’s National Honor Society is hosting its annual Giving Tree event.
The Giving Tree is back in the main lobby full of cards with presents idead for underprivileged children in the community. Students and faculty are able to leave gifts (new, unwrapped, with the original tag) under the tree.
“It is a way to donate presents to kids whose parents are unable to provide them with everything on their christmas wish list,” NHS vice president Nisali Fernando said. “We essentially serve as Santa’s helping hand in spreading a little Christmas magic.”
NHS will bring the gifts to the Milford Prevention Council and the United Way to help distribute.
“We are a service organization and enjoy helping others, especially children from our community,” NHS advisor Ms. Turcotte said. “We want to brighten the holidays for the children (and parents) of families in need.”
NHS works with counselors at Bridges to collect four to five gifts for each child.
Fernando said that many children ask for clothes and other necessities that many people take for granted.
“Christmas is about giving,” Fernando said. “We have an opportunity to remind our Law and Milford community there is still a little good in the world when giving to those in need during the holidays. When you give a present to someone you imagine the joy on their face once they open it.”
NHS has continued to bring a sense of humanity to the Law community.
“Being in NHS is a great way to spread compassion within the Milford community,” NHS president Jill Bendlak said. “We encourage all to try to get in to be involved with the community and become good student leaders.”
Once the Giving Tree drive is over, NHS will be working on inducting new members.
“People are nominated to be inducted into NHS and then there is a lengthy application process,” Fernando said. “You are recognized for all you do in and out of school and get to make a differences in the community, you get to spread the magic of christmas and raise money for causes you are very passionate about. It’s an honor.”