The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 26, 2013

Danville honor students make family's holiday happy

By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News

— DANVILLE — Members of Danville High School’s National Honor Society helped supply gifts for a needy family this year as part of the Adopt a Family program.

Twenty-five members of the student group volunteered to contribute funds toward getting gifts for the local family, which included a mother and her two young sons, according to NHS advisor Deb Burger.

Gift cards to local grocery stores were purchased for the family as were toys and clothes for the children. The mother supplied gift ideas to the students. “The NHS members each pull out a card with a gift idea and the child’s age and gender. They had the opportunity to go shopping and purchase clothing or a toy gift,” Burger said. “One little boy wanted anything to do with cars or trucks.”

The presents were delivered to the family last week after students gift-wrapped all of them.

Burger began advising the Danville National Honor Society in 1998, and the Adopt A Family program has been a yearly event for at least that long. Families usually ask for different gifts for their children from year to year, but there are some constants. “Pajamas are always on the list. … It seems like every year when I get the list pajamas are there,” Burger said.

Adopt A Family is something many students look forward to every year, she said. “There are some kids who do it for (all) three years” of NHS, she said. “There are some who ask every year, when are we going to get our family? They like the feeling of being able to make the holiday brighter, especially for children.”

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