Stevenson Give-A-Thon bigger than ever

 
By Gilbert R. Boucher II
gboucher@dailyherald.com
Updated 12/1/2015 4:10 PM
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  • Stevenson High School National Honor Society members Melisa Dove, left, and Eric Ren fill bags with presents Tuesday during the 31st annual Give-A-Thon at the Lincolnshire school. School students and staff are providing holiday gifts for 320 Lake County families, stocking the Vernon Township Food Pantry and giving baby items to Lake County PADS.

      Stevenson High School National Honor Society members Melisa Dove, left, and Eric Ren fill bags with presents Tuesday during the 31st annual Give-A-Thon at the Lincolnshire school. School students and staff are providing holiday gifts for 320 Lake County families, stocking the Vernon Township Food Pantry and giving baby items to Lake County PADS. Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Stevenson High School Junior Michaela Faunce fills out a name tag for a present Tuesday during the 31st annual Give-A-Thon at the Lincolnshire school. School students and staff are providing for 320 holiday gifts for Lake County families, stocking the Vernon Township Food Pantry and giving baby items to Lake County PADS.

      Stevenson High School Junior Michaela Faunce fills out a name tag for a present Tuesday during the 31st annual Give-A-Thon at the Lincolnshire school. School students and staff are providing for 320 holiday gifts for Lake County families, stocking the Vernon Township Food Pantry and giving baby items to Lake County PADS. Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Members of the National Honor Society were in the holiday spirit Tuesday, wearing Santa hats and reindeer antlers as they wrapped presents, organized bicycles, and boxed food at Stevenson High School.

The Lincolnshire school held its 31st annual Give-A-Thon, with a record-breaking effort of providing gifts to 320 Lake County families during the holiday season.

"Every classroom has classroom leaders that carry out the mission of the drive. They motivate the students to bring in money, to bring in food items and run games to get them excited about the process," said Brett Erdmann, Stevenson's community service coordinator. "Every year, it's just amazing to see all this pile up as a culmination of the students' efforts. It really is a grass-roots type of event."

Some students walked in with bikes, while others had arms loaded with colorfully wrapped gifts. Another group dropped off boxes filled with peanut butter.

"It's phenomenal seeing all these gifts going to families that really don't have enough money to buy their own kids Christmas gifts," NHS member Eric Ren said as he stuffed large plastic bags with holiday presents. "It's just great seeing everything here and being part of something that's a lot more than just one person donating something."

Stevenson staff and students also contributed six months of food to the Vernon Township Food Pantry and helped Lake County PADS by giving diapers, baby formula and other maternal items.

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