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NHS holiday food drive a community effort
Each holiday season, every Neshaminy school holds a variety of charitable drives that aim to provide families both inside and outside our school community with food, clothing, toys and other items that can make the season a little brighter. These drives are a community effort, involving students, staff, parents, local businesses, churches, community groups - all doing what they can to help our neighbors in any way that they can. Donations range from canned goods and turkeys to mittens, hats and coats. Thanks to the generosity foundations and staff members, families in need are provided with gift cards that can be used to help them navigate the holidays.
Recipients of these items are identified through the Neshaminy district social workers, school nurses and other staff members. Other donations help stock shelves at local food pantries such as the Penndel Food Pantry.
This year the holiday food drive at Neshaminy High School provided boxes of food and gift cards for 70 families under the direction of Assistant Principal Lisa Pennington. The Student Council, Environmental Action Club and Interact Club all worked for weeks to raise money, collect food donations and sort the donations so each family received two decorated boxes full of holiday staples. Students from those clubs as well as from social studies and business classes, plus many individual volunteers, turned a conference room in the Guidance Department into a sorting station in an ongoing effort to keep up with the donations. The Student Council held an 'Ugly Sweater Run' fundraiser in December and raised approximately $2000 for the effort. Staff members at the high school also donated about $1500.
By the time school lets out for the holidays, the donations will be in the hands of those that need it the most. But the effort to provide assistance to the community is an ongoing need and will continue throughout the year.