As a school dedicated to service, McNick continues to give to those in need during Christmas through Student Council’s Gifts for Hope campaign. This is the 5th year for the Gifts for Hope collection drive for gifts for underserved teens in the Cincinnati area.
“Gifts for Hope is a service project where shoe boxes filled with supplies for teens are given to Hope Emergency where they are distributed to teens as Christmas gifts,” junior Student Council member and Gifts for Hope co-organizer Abigail Jarrold said. Hope Emergency is an emergency center and food bank in the Cincinnati area.
Student Council is asking for donations that fit young men and women in the age group of 12-18 years. Donations of shoe boxes are also welcome so they can be filled with the donations. Each box is filled with items that any teenager would like: school supplies, hygiene items, winter clothing, or a game. ”The gifts are being sent to teens in the area who otherwise wouldn’t receive gifts for Christmas,” junior Student Council member and Gifts for Hope co-organizer Harper Esterle said.
When each box is filled with gifts, they are taken and placed unwrapped under the tree in the library. Student Council will then wrap them before sending them to Hope Emergency. “This year, student council is partnering with the alumni group Saint Nick at McNick to supply a $15 gift card into every shoe box as a part of Gifts for Hope,” English teacher and Student Council moderator Mrs. Anne Jones said.
“We are so blessed on a daily basis and given so many wonderful gifts around the Christmas season that we need to be sharing our blessings,” Jarrold added.
The collection ends on Dec. 6. Anyone who wishes to donate to the Gifts for Hope campaign can bring items to the library or can contact Jones, Jarrold, or Esterle for more information.