The Puget Sound Adventist Academy (PSAA) National Honor Society (NHS) chapter recently participated in three service campaigns with plans for more throughout the school year.
NHS students volunteered at Hopelink’s annual fall fundraising banquet for hunger relief.
“Hopelink is a foundation that helps those in a crisis to get out of it and back on their feet,” explains Selina Riston, a junior student from Snohomish. The students’ role at the fundraiser was to greet guests and help them find their name tags, Riston explains.
The NHS chapter worked with nearby Kirkland Church to collect food items for Thanksgiving baskets.
“I really looked forward to these [baskets] because it's the holiday spirit that especially gets to those who are not as fortunate,” says Andrew Tampake, a junior student from Everett. “Getting to help them out in any way is something that really hits home to the heart.”
During the Christmas holiday, NHS and faculty sponsor Karen Murcia wrapped gifts for Forgotten Children, a local organization that provides gifts for children in poverty in the Seattle area. They also once again hosted the Angel Tree project, which pairs local children with gifts from PSAA students.
What else is on the NHS agenda? A blood drive.
“This is a bit of an odd thing to be looking forward to, especially considering my aversion to needles, but I'm really looking forward to the blood drive we're going to be doing in the spring,” says Emily Borg, a junior student from Everett. “I've never donated blood before, but I know how important a gift it is. If my donation is beneficial to someone in need, I'm happy to help.”