Niles students helping needy kids

Published 8:52 am Thursday, December 5, 2013

Niles High School students will be doing their part this week to raise money and collect toys for the area’s needy children this holiday season.

Members of the school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), National Honor Society, Key Club, Spanish Club and N Club will be at the Niles Wal-Mart for a toy drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 14.

Karrissa Young, advisor for SADD, said the students would be collecting new, unwrapped toys there for the Niles Salvation Army. Their goal is to collect 100 toys this Saturday.

“We hope everyone comes out to support the community,” she said.

The high school will be offering several other fundraising activities in the coming weeks.

Beginning today, students will be holding a bake sale in the high school cafeteria. Money raised will be used to purchase toys for needy children. The bake sale runs through Friday.

“The club kids bring in goodies and the students devour them,” Young said.

The school is also selling holiday-themed candy grams beginning Monday. For 25 cents, students can send a note and piece of candy to another student. The notes will be delivered Dec. 12-13.

The school will be collecting toys and non-perishable food items during sporting events today, Dec. 17, Dec. 18 and Dec. 20.

Students are also encouraged to bring in toy donations through Dec. 13. Those who donate a toy will receive a raffle ticket that will be entered into a drawing for a prize yet to be determined.

Donations will also be taken during the Niles High band concert today.