National Honor Society: Stuffing Stockings for Children in Need

Hylton students collect goods and fill stockings for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree


Sylvia Chan, News & Copy Editor

As the holiday season comes into full swing, it also marks the start of gift buying. Although it is the most wonderful time of the year for some, this season can be very stressful for others. To help children in need, the National Honor Society (NHS) hosts its annual service project. NHS members collect goods and fill stockings for the Salvation Army Angel Tree.

For the past couple of weeks, all Hylton students had the chance to pick up stockings and toppers in E-111. They pick a gender and age, see the list of suggestions and fill it with appropriate toys. Then, cap it with the topper and return the stocking.

“Hunting for stocking toys for infants, toddlers, and pre-school children seem to be the most popular from the high school students,” said FACS teacher and NHS sponsor Ms. Loretta Bryant-Kline.

This is the second year Hylton has completed this service project. Ms. Bryant-Kline oversaw this project this year as well as the last, and also ran it at her old school for five years before coming to Hylton. “It helps area children have a little something extra on Christmas morning, especially those who have their main gifts provided by the Un-Trim-A-Tree or Adopt-a-Child programs,” said Ms. Bryant-Kline.

Not only are the Angel Tree Stockings helping children in the community, but it is a humbling experience for the students filling the stockings as well. “I think giving students an opportunity to brighten a youngster’s holiday is rewarding, even if they don’t know the child. Our student body represents a very caring community movement that they should be proud of. I hope all of our students participate in giving back to others in some way, regardless of whether they are NHS members,” said Bryant-Kline.