National Honor Society students from Pittston Area High School donated 40 bicycles and other toys Monday to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.
Every year for the past seven years, adviser Joyce Salvo said, the National Honor Society has raised enough money to purchase one bicycle per homeroom to donate to Toys for Tots.
We raise the money through dress-down days, selling sweatpants or sweatshirts and other things, Salvo said Monday, while U.S. Marine Corps representatives picked up the donations at the high school.
Salvo said students and the community donated other toys. The bicycles, ranging from 20-inch Huffys to several different kinds of Next brand bicycles, cost around $1,800.
The students want to give back to the community, Salvo said.
Sgt. Omar Negrete and Sgt. Christopher Carson were at Pittston Area High School on Monday to pick up the donations and needed two vehicles to haul the goods away.
This doubles what we have in our warehouse, Carson said.
The Honor Society includes President Anthony Capozucca, Vice President Kristen Lombardo, Secretary Jordan Cumbo, Treasurer Olivia Lanza, Parliamentarian Catherine Lombardo, Historian Matthew Carroll and junior representatives Rachel Simansky and Michael Schwab.
They feel blessed, and a need to support the community, Salvo said, noting the Honor Society contract calls for students to help the community and do independent projects throughout the year.
Capozucca said the society has participated in many events throughout the year so far, including a Salvation Army tree for which students donated clothing and toys to those in need.
The group sang Christmas carols recently at Wesley Village in Jenkins Township, Capozucca said, held a blood drive at St. John the Evangelist Church in Pittston and a fundraiser for Marley's Mission.
It's great to help out the community, Capozucca said.