Holy Cross Students Share In The Joy Of Giving
In the holiday frenzy of shopping and gift giving, Holy Cross H. S. students remain committed to giving back to their community. Student Council Moderator Magaly Lopez-Lohnes rallied students for two very important causes. For the last eight years, Lopez-Lohnes has teamed up with the New York Cares Coat Drive to gather warm coats for those in need throughout the city.
“Our Student Council members are out there, going room to room reminding students to donate,” she explained.
At the end of the drive, coats will be dropped off to the 111th Precinct in Bayside.
“It breaks my heart to think of children not getting presents on Christmas,” she said, “So I was thrilled when freshman David Radcliffe came to me with this idea.”
Radcliffe proposed a toy drive to support Homeland Children’s Foundation, which sends toys to an orphanage in Nicaragua, whose population ranges from infants to teenagers.
“I was watching a Christmas special where orphans only received broken toys on Christmas,” Radcliffe revealed. “It made me sad, so I did an Internet search on orphanages and discovered this foundation.”
Lopez-Lohnes reported that more than 100 toys and wrapping paper were collected. “I feel really good about the fact that we were able to do something for these orphans,” Radcliffe stated. “It’s something I would definitely do again next year.”