This holiday season, the National Junior Honor Society at Polo Park Middle School donated nearly 100 toys and clothing items to the Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS), the largest private nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children statewide.
The toys, clothing, accessories and baby items were all donated by the NJHS members themselves and delivered to CHS in mid-December.
“It didn’t look like we were going to be able to do our toy drive this year because of scheduling during the few weeks between Thanksgiving break and winter break,” said Craig Kaliser, co-sponsor of the Polo Park NJHS. “But our honors students are unbelievable. They were dedicated to this project and made sure it happened. I can’t tell you how proud Kathleen [Lodes, the other co-sponsor] and I are of our kids.”
Prior to bringing the presents to CHS, the NJHS students held their own “wrapping party” where the entire group got together, wrapped all the presents and shared in the joy of doing something kind and generous for those less fortunate, especially children.
The Children’s Home Society of Florida has been protecting at-risk children from more than 100 years.
ABOVE: Polo Park NJHS students with donated toys.