‘Tis the season of volunteering

Written by: Chloe Dillon

During the holiday season, people try more than ever to give back to those who are less fortunate than themselves.

In our community alone, there are several ways to make a difference. You could volunteer at the local soup kitchen, donate to several foundations, give toys to toy drives, or contribute to a food drive.

New Palestine High School has several students who contribute their time and money to help others.

The Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen is located in the heart of Greenfield, and they are always looking for volunteers. Katelyn Howard answered this call. During the holiday season, she volunteers a few times a month after school.

When Howard was young her parents volunteered at the soup kitchen whenever they could. Eventually, Howard got to an age where she also help out. Immediately it was apparent that this was something that she was destined to do. She says that doing good gives her a purpose greater than anything she thought she would ever have.

“I have everything I could ever need in life. A warm bed, food to eat, and a family that loves me. If I can help others that don’t have that, I can be proud.”

Several other students have donated to foundations such as Wheeler Missions and St. Jude.

Wheeler Missions is a foundation where every $2.25 you can donate they will provide a warm meal to someone in need. St. Jude is a research hospital that is trying to beat childhood cancer. Any amount donated will be used in the aid of curing cancer.

“Donating during the holiday season and even some not during the holidays is something that my family has always done. I will most definitely continue to donate as I get older,” sophomore Hanna Willis said.

There are many food and toy drives happening in our community. Including one happening right now at our school.

NPHS English teacher Lauren Temple is hosting a toy drive and all proceeds go to The Caring Place.

The Caring Place is an organization which helps inner city families. Right now they are collecting new, unopened toys. If you would like to donate to help these families, you can bring your donations to Temple’s classroom.

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