NHS partners with Debbie’s Dream for toy drive

BY RACHEL GREENBERG

Members of National Honor Society (NHS) collected toys for a fundraiser held by Debbie’s Dream, which is a non-profit organization that supports stomach cancer research. Toys were collected from Oct. 9 to Oct. 13 in the Gifted Center. Toys such as board games, arts and crafts and school supplies will be given to children with stomach cancer through the Debbie’s Dream Foundation.

“I participated in the toy drive because it brings me joy to know that kids will be having the opportunity to play with toys because of my donations,” senior Darrah Schaffer said. “These kids deserve to have the best holiday season possible.”

Senior and NHS president Hannah Kang recommended this event because it was a cause that she said was important to her. Kang and Debbie’s Dream members delivered the toys to the Debbie’s Dream office in Plantation.

“I first proposed doing this drive because stomach cancer is an issue that is very close to my heart,” Kang said. “I was so glad to see people be active in an issue that is not widely known.”

Kang said the drive was successful because students who did not benefit from NHS hours still participated in donating.

“I am so proud of the drive,” Kang said. “So many people donated to this amazing cause, even people who were not in NHS and just wanted to chip in.”

Schaffer said she did some research on the Debbie’s Dream foundation before participating in the drive. She said knew her donations would be going to a good cause which encouraged her to participate.

“The website really showed what the foundation is all about,” Schaffer said. “I’m glad NHS chose this foundation because it brings awareness to stomach cancer.”

NHS advisor Shari Bush said she was very happy her students could step up and help a worthy cause. Bush was constantly seeing students in and out of the gifted office all week.

“The whole point of the National Honor Society is to he helping students at the school and in the community,” Bush said. “Whenever we participate in programs like this, I think it’s a great opportunity for our students to help others and understand the importance of giving back to people who are not as fortunate as they are.”

Schaffer said she tries to donate every time NHS has an event like this, especially during the holiday season. She knows not all children are as fortunate as she is and wanted to put a smile on their faces upon the arrival of the festive season.

“I think toy drives are an amazing idea because so many children don’t get the childhood they deserve,” Schaffer said. “This toy drive gives them the chance to finally see what having fun is.”

Kang said she wants to have similar drives in the future, but also has bigger plans for the NHS club. She said she is currently working to expand the breadth of events and extend the drives a step further to give back to our community more.

“I think these drives are so crucial and make an impact on the lives of those who receive these donations,” Kang said. “I would definitely want to have drives and events like these in the future.”

 

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