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NHS Students from FHHS Collect for Local Families

Members of the Forest Hills High School National Honor Society held a food drive Saturday, Dec. 13 outside the Food Lion in Marshville. Shoppers and passersby generously donated almost two thousand pounds of non-perishable food items as well as cash and gift cards.

While many people at this time of year are thinking about the gifts they'll receive Christmas morning, some students at Forest Hills are more focused on giving. On Saturday, Dec. 13, members of the National Honor Society from Forest Hills High School collected 1,091 pounds of non-perishable food items, $53 in cash, and $10 in gift cards outside the Food Lion in Marshville. They donated all that they collected to the Common Cupboard, a food pantry that assists families in need throughout Union County.

National Honor Society students, under the leadership of their advisers Michelle Ballard and Mitzi Berry, wanted to do something that would impact local families. Trey Autry, NHS president said, "The Common Cupboard operates and provides assistance all year round all over Union County, and they are especially busy this time of year. Since a lot of their help comes to families in Marshville and Wingate, we wanted to help them."

The Common Cupboard aids families by delivering groceries to their homes once a month. NHS adviser and FHHS Spanish teacher Michelle Ballard said, “I volunteer there and feel they have a great mission to help people within our own community. My husband and I have a route that includes a family of an East Union student and one of our own students here at Forest Hills. Sue Gaddy (FHHS cafeteria manager) also has a delivery route, and Jessica Bolden (FHHS biology teacher) volunteers packing the boxes of food to send out to the families.”

NHS members set up outside the Food Lion in Marshville and worked in shifts from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. all day Saturday. Trey Autry said that by 11:00 a.m., they had already collected six buggies full of food.

J.B. Helms said that during his shift, "All the people were so nice. They were so generous and willing to help. Some people gave three or four bags of groceries."

Hannah Mullis added, "There were people in the parking lot who came up to us and asked what we were doing. Then they went in and bought bags of groceries to give. One lady was waiting for someone in the parking lot, and she gave us $40 cash."

By the end of the day, they had collected a pickup truck load of groceries and some cash and gift cards. They had also done what they set out to do, to impact local families. And doing so surely impacted these young people as well.


Written by: Melissa Howell
Posted: Dec 19, 2014 by Melissa Howell

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