Thanks to the Elmwood Park High School chapter of the National Honor Society, scores of area children will have a brighter holiday season.
NHS sponsored an "Adopt A Kid" gift drive this year, culminating in 400 presents for 200 people in need.
Senior Jesus Morales and junior Kasandra Medrano led the project, which involved 48 NHS student volunteers.
"Thank you to everyone who has participated in the Adopt A Kid program," said Ms. Kimberly Schneider in a message to EPHS staff. Ms. Schneider and Ms. Nora O'Mahoney are the NHS faculty co-sponsors.
"Your kindness and generosity are truly appreciated," she continued. "Many staff members went above and beyond to help others have a happy holiday season, and we are so grateful for your help."
Staff and students could "adopt" a recipient by shopping for them and purchasing two gifts worth $5 to $10 each. NHS also received toys at the Dec. 9 JV and varsity girls basketball game.
Besides toys, program participants bought other items for their adoptees, including clothes and footwear.
NHS students spent time after school on Dec. 9 and before classes on Dec. 10 wrapping the gifts that had been purchased.
All items will be picked up on Dec. 13 for delivery to the adoptees in time for Christmas. Leyden Township and the Proviso Leyden Council for Community Action will receive the gifts.
Photos from Adopt A Kid Gift-Wrapping Session
The following photos were taken Dec. 10 in the EPHS science amphitheater of National Honor Society members and EPHS faculty as they wrapped gifts intended for recipients in the Adopt A Kid program. District 401 photos by Dave Porreca (click images for larger view).