NHS and Student Council lead charity efforts

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Caroline Enos

Students can bring food donations to the library to benefit The Open Door

CAROLINE ENOS, Staff Writer, Editor

Gloucester High School plays a pivotal role in improving lives throughout the community, and GHS’s Student Council and National Honors Society will continue to promote community service and charity throughout the holiday season and beyond.

One of the most important projects of the season is the ongoing food drive for The Open Door food pantry.

“Community service bonds the school together,” said Student Council and NHS adviser Rayenne Menery. “NHS just brought down a good amount of food, and sorted through it for the Open Door, but they still are in dire need so we’ll continue to collect food for them for Christmas.”

So far, students have collected over $812 and 27 baskets of food that fed families in need on Thanksgiving. The baskets were donated by a variety of groups, including the GHS cafeteria workers and several academic departments.

The food drive will continue through Christmas.

GHS will also host a Blood Drive on December 16th in the field house, where any student 16 and older can donate blood from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

After last year’s success, Student Council will hold another Jeans for Teens drive to collect new or lightly used jeans for teenagers in need this spring. All sizes will be accepted.

If you would like to donate to the Open Door:  bring nonperishable items to the GHS library or to the Open Door on 28 Emerson Ave, Gloucester.

Items most needed by the Open Door include: canned tuna, 100% juice, hearty soups, peanut butter, pasta sauce, breakfast cereal and baking items. 

If you are interested in donating blood on December 16th, see Rayenne Menery or email her at rmenery@gloucesterschools.com.