Christmas is the time of giving and receiving. It’s the season of generosity, but some people aren’t as fortunate as others. To support the community, multiple clubs and organizations around the school are involved in charity and volunteer efforts this holiday season.
The National Honor Society planned and hosted a winter formal last Saturday. The $2,240 raised from ticket revenue alone is going toward The Angel Tree Organization to bring Christmas gifts and necessities to local needy children.
The NJROTC program has also been in the holiday spirit. They always have the Clothing Exchange open and readily accept donations. Recently, NJROTC held a canned food drive and delivered the food to those in need on Dec. 15. Even though the food has been delivered, the NJROTC department is still accepting donations, so head by the NJROTC building and drop off some canned food.
The Sweethearts spent time at Union Hill Church delivering toys for less fortunate kids. This newly-created tradition known as ‘Kaleigh’s Sleigh’ is in memory of one of Joshua’s beloved alumni, who left this world far too soon. The organization raised enough gifts for 550 kids who wouldn’t have received Christmas presents otherwise.
Future Health Professionals (HOSA) traveled to the Town Hall Estates Nursing and Rehab in Keene on Dec. 9. The nursing students spent time with the elderly, some of whom had no other visitors. The students made Christmas ornaments with the residents to raise spirits and spread Christmas cheer.
This Christmas holiday, donate an old coat, or shoes to the NJROTC building. Drop off a few cans of food, too. Go out and spread joy this holiday season by helping out the community like many of Joshua’s students have and help others see the goodness still thriving in the world.