Tyrone National Honor Society Spreading Christmas Cheer

The Tyrone National Honor Society (NHS) has recently been spreading Christmas cheer throughout the community by participating in several volunteer work and community service events.

On December 10th, twenty-four NHS members traveled to the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center to volunteer their time with the Toys-For-Tots program. Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford gifts for Christmas.

It is important to help those in need. Some people are still reeling financially from Covid so they need all the help they can get”

— Nick Lehner

Due to ongoing COVID restrictions, the NHS members helped unload trucks and sort books and toys by age groups. The Toy-For-Tots directors were pleased to have lots of help sorting everything to make it easier for them and other volunteers to bag the toys for distribution.

The State College Toys-For-Tots committee primarily aids families within Centre County. The group helps families with financial needs have a good Christmas by providing them with necessary food and giving their children presents to unwrap on Christmas.

National Honor Society advisor and Tyrone business teacher, Amanda Burega, was glad to see the NHS members have an opportunity to help with the non-profit organization.

“I have been personally helping Toys-For-Tots yearly since high school. Students had the opportunity to see what this organization does and earn community service hours. Plus it’s a lot of fun,” said Burega.

Several students were upset that they were unable to wrap the gifts as they have done in previous years, but were still happy to be able to volunteer within their community.

“It is important to help those in need. Some people are still reeling financially from Covid so they need all the help they can get,” said senior Nick Lehner.

The NHS members that were able to go on the field trip were pleased that they got to help out the community, but the spreading of holiday cheer and community service did not stop there.

On December 11th, sixteen National Honor Society members took time out of their day to volunteer with the Salvation Army.

Students stood outside of Tyrone Save-A-Lot from nine in the morning to five in the afternoon ringing the Salvation Army bell to help raise money for the Salvation Army.

The money raised through the bell ringing helps families within Tyrone and surrounding areas who may be facing difficult times financially. The amount raised from bell ringing throughout the entire day could potentially provide families with groceries or shelter individuals who may have lost their home or have nowhere to call home.