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This holiday season, many clubs at the Bay are giving back to the community. The Spanish Honor Society planned a donation event where students donated money so that the club could buy gifts and food to donate to communities outside of the Pahokee area in Orlando. Senior and Vice President of the Spanish Honor Society Jake Miller said the donations were extremely successful. 

“The donation process is one of the most uplifting and gratifying processes,” Miller said. “Seeing the faces on these children as we deliver gifts and boxes of items year to year encapsulates the growth of these children who we have had the chance to provide for.”

Miller said it is important to spread holiday cheer especially this year while going through a pandemic. He said it is amazing to see the direct impact the members of the club have had on the community by spreading holiday cheer. 

“It is certainly important to spread holiday cheer to others so that everyone can enjoy the [festivity] of this time of year,” Miller said. “Raising hopes and cheer is one of the most vital pillars of the club, as well as the goal everyone should have.”

The Key Club held an event at Davie Elementary School called the Kiwanis Event, which involved giving gifts to underprivileged children for the holiday season. Junior and Historian Amanda Campos said the event was a success.

“The volunteers helped run the event by wrapping gifts, helping distribute them and participating in activities like arts and crafts with the kids,” Campos said. “Despite the pandemic, the event was able to be continued this year by following safety guidelines, and many kids were able to get gifts.”

Campos said the school was decorated for the holiday season. She said there was a person dressed up as Santa that took pictures with the families. Campos said her favorite part of the event was getting to see the looks on the kids’ faces when they received their gifts. 

“Personally, my favorite part was seeing how happy the kids were when getting their gifts,” Campos said. “It was amazing to know that the event was bringing joy to many and making a difference in the community.”

In the past, Habitat For Humanity (HFH) has put together boxes of food with gift cards to deliver to the families of Habitat Broward, but this year, HFH decided it would be a safer option to have members make holiday letters for the families. Advisor and English teacher Nicole Arnold said she hopes that by writing letters, they can connect and uplift the families. 

“I am excited and encouraged by the hearts of our club members to be so creative with their outreach efforts,” Arnold said. “It is wonderful to know that there are so many kindhearted students.”

Arnold said although she wishes the club could be interacting in person with the families, the letters are a nice alternative. She said this year, people need a little extra holiday cheer.

“2020 has been a challenging year for all of us, especially [for] our Habitat families,” Arnold said. “We cannot be there with them in person to build their homes; however, by lifting one another, we can build their spirits and make this holiday season a little less dreary.”