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Sandy Creek National Honor Society Community Service – it’s a wrap!

Hundreds, if not thousands of presents were wrapped in preparation for the gift and food distribution in the Sandy Creek/Lacona area for the holidays. Members of the Sandy Creek High School National Honor Society joined with other volunteers from the community to wrap presents and pack boxes for the local distribution.
Hundreds, if not thousands of presents were wrapped in preparation for the gift and food distribution in the Sandy Creek/Lacona area for the holidays. Members of the Sandy Creek High School National Honor Society joined with other volunteers from the community to wrap presents and pack boxes for the local distribution.

Volunteers from the Sandy Creek National Honor Society spent several hours ensuring that hundreds of less fortunate children in the Sandy Creek area had a happy Christmas morning and their families had a wonderful holiday meal this year.

Clarice Thibault wraps a present for the Sandy Creek/Lacona holiday gift and food distribution for needy families in the area. Thibault is a member of the Sandy Creek High School National Honor Society who volunteered with her fellow members to assist in the annual community service project.
Clarice Thibault wraps a present for the Sandy Creek/Lacona holiday gift and food distribution for needy families in the area. Thibault is a member of the Sandy Creek High School National Honor Society who volunteered with her fellow members to assist in the annual community service project.

The students, along with their advisor, Casey Vallance, volunteered their time and energy to help local community groups wrap and box the holiday goodwill.

Peggy Manchester, who also runs the local Friendship Shop, said the boxes will feed more than 100 families and gifts were wrapped for more than 200 children in the area.

Needy families apply for the gift and food distribution that takes place at one of the local churches in the Sandy Creek/Lacona area.

The application provides information so volunteers can match sizes, needs and wants to a specific child in need. The boxes are separated by child and identified with a first name and family number to allow for anonymity.

Student and volunteer wrappers munched on Christmas cookies while holiday music played. They worked feverishly to get the thousands of presents wrapped before the snow outside worsened for fear that school would close early and students would be sent home.

More than 100 families were recipients of a box of food for the holidays in the Sandy Creek/Lacona area through the annual food and gift distribution day. Collin Reff is pictured as he moved the packed boxes into place for the distribution. Reff is a member of the Sandy Creek High School National Honor Society.
More than 100 families were recipients of a box of food for the holidays in the Sandy Creek/Lacona area through the annual food and gift distribution day. Collin Reff is pictured as he moved the packed boxes into place for the distribution. Reff is a member of the Sandy Creek High School National Honor Society.

As the morning wore on, boxes of wrapped presents began to pile up quickly as the students individually wrapped each present, and packed each food box with the fixings for a wonderful holiday meal.

On distribution day, the food boxes also included a turkey and oleo for each family.

“We are so thankful for the students’ help,” said Manchester, who coordinates the holiday distribution along with many other volunteers from the community. “I don’t know what we’d do without them.”

Student volunteers return on distribution day to assist families and food pantry volunteers with delivery to the families’ vehicles for transport home.