For many, it’s the season of exchanging and hinting at toys, gadgets and clothing. For the Hope Connections club it’s a different story as they are in full swing embracing their motto of giving without expecting anything in return.
In preparation for the holidays, Hope Connections has organized a canned food, and toy drive for forty families around Union City and, with the help of the Logan community, expects to present each with $100 dollar food certificate for fresh fruit, dairy and vegetable products. In addition to the food certificates, toys that are donated by students and staff will be given to the children of those needy families.
The focus of Hope Connections for the remainder of the year will be the Winter Drive and getting the community involved in the spirit of the holidays as well. Hope Connections has managed to get local churches, families and schools in New Haven involved with the donations and hopes to warm the homes and hearts of needy families in Union City.
If students would like to join the Hope Connections club in their work, the meetings are held on Wednesdays in room 521 unless changes are announced on Logan Live. For students who already have extracurricular activities but still want to lend a helping hand around the community Mr. Cheng, the advisor of the club, encourages getting involved, organizing fundraisers and not being afraid of failure. He says that students should “be aware of what’s going on and be a part of something bigger than just themselves. Know what’s going on and go for it.” Hope Connections is more than a club, it’s a way to bring the community closer together and encourage people to work together to achieve something greater than themselves. This Holliday season, get involved and give without expecting in return.
As an additional note, for those interested in helping Hope Connections with the delivery of canned goods and toys to the families, Hope Connections is meeting December 20 in front of the Union City Library at 9 AM.