The Helping Hands Club at Massapequa High School’s Ames Campus continues to live up to its mission of community service. This holiday season, it is lending a helping hand to the children at the Eastern Nassau Head Start Early Education Center by collecting new pajamas and books.
Approximately 40 ninth-graders will go to the Head Start school in Wantagh on Dec. 20 and give each child one pair of pajamas. The children will also get to pick a book to keep, but first one of the Helping Hands members will read it to them.
The club collected more than 300 pairs of pajamas and 500 books last year, and is hoping to exceed that total this December, as Helping Hands members have been working hard to promote the cause by making fliers and speaking to classes. Extra donations will be given to the Pajama Program to benefit children throughout the country.
“It’s important to give to others who aren’t as fortunate as us,” said student Alexa Mangione. “It feels absolutely wonderful to have the opportunity to do this. Through the school, we’re able to have the power to help people.”
Club members have previously held back-to-school supply drives, volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House and made emergency kits.
1: Members of the Helping Hands Club at Massapequa High School’s Ames Campus, from left, John Cuttitta, Ryan Umano, Marianne Voigt, Anne Borghese and Colleen Brown showed off some of the pajamas and books received so far.
Photos courtesy of Massapequa School District