MAST’s season of giving

Written By: Bryan Gomez

With the holiday seasons coming up, several clubs have begun organizing drives. In spirit of the season of giving, here’s a list of all the clubs that have been and/or will be conducting drives and some information on them:

Animal Welfare Club and NJHS– From November 5 to the 30, these clubs joined forces to collect pet supplies. The supplies will be split evenly and donated to both the Humane Society and Animal Services.

Black Student Association and Hands On Fun – Holiday Toy Drive. From the end of November to mid-December, the BSA will be collecting toys. These toys will be distributed through the T.J. Reddick Bar Association.

Hands on Fun will also be collecting toys during the same time frame. They will be distributing the toys to the Holtz Children Hospital’s patients who suffer from various long-term diseases.

“We felt that it was important for us to bring joy to those children. Beyond their religious affiliation, we thought we should help these kids cheer up during the holiday season so that they may get their minds off their illnesses,”Hands On Fun Club Sponsor Ms. Wright said.

Ms. Wright will be awarding Community Service Hours to all donors. Pass by her classroom in Room 39 with a form to collect your hours!

Cancer Awareness Club – Veteran’s Oncology Drive. The club collected blankets, hats, and reading materials during the second week of November to be donated to patients undergoing chemotherapy. (CONFIRM INFORMATION WITH ANIKA WHENEVER SHE COMES BACK TO SCHOOL)

“I had breast cancer. When I was undergoing chemo, I would get very bored and very cold. Because of this, I’d take books to keep myself entertained and blankets to keep warm. This is the reason behind the material’s we asked for in this drive,” Ms. Peters-Jorge, Cancer Awareness Club Sponsor said.

Gay Straight Alliance – From November 12th to the 16th the GSA collected toiletries for LGBT homeless people. The GSA has partnered up with Pridelines and the Alliance for this drive to help LGBTQ+ homeless youth, who make up roughly 40% of all homeless youth.

NHS – Operation Christmas Child. A program run by Samaritan’s Purse, sought to collect shoe boxes filled with anything from toys to clothes to toiletries (the accepted and prohibited items lists can be found on their website) to be distributed to children in need across the globe. Donors pick the age group of the recipient of their shoe box and can choose to write a personalized letter to the recipient. The program seeks to bring the generosity of strangers to those who need it most.


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