Students Create Gift Baskets for Those In Need

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For the past seven years, students from Carl Place Middle School and High School gave the gift of a home warming in the form of gift baskets for the needy. This year was no different.

Last month, students from the high school’s student newspaper, Crossroads, and the middle school’s Environmental Action Club worked together to solicit donations from fellow students to fill some 15 gift baskets with members of the high school’s SADD club volunteering to sort all items that were collected.

The gift baskets were then presented to the INN, a Hempstead-based non-profit organization that provides lunch, food, clothing, hot showers, books, emergency shelter and permanent housing for both those who lost their jobs and victims of domestic abuse.

The baskets are each handed out when their clients move into permanent housing.

Before the baskets are distributed to the INN’s clients, however, they are featured as table arrangements at the INNkeeper’s Ball, a major fundraising event,  held early in May at the Marriott in Uniondale.   

“It is pure joy for me to see all the various clubs dedicate some of their own time to contribute and help with an essential service learning project,” said Melissa Choi, a member of the Environmental Action Club.

Fellow student Ali Eftekhary agreed. “I really admire that so many clubs can find it in their hearts to work together and help out our local community and individuals in need.”

Student Nick Antoniou said, “The INN baskets are a great cause. It allows for the Carle Place community to come together and do something to help a charitable cause. When we all work together to make these baskets, we know that we are helping families in need by lending a helping hand.“

The gift basket project marked the end of the school’s Earth Week celebration, which featured a number of events and activities for all middle and high school students, including the annual Walk Around the Track event, which encouraged students and staff to step outside for some fresh air.

Also during Earth Week, students from the Environmental Action Club joined with the Carle Place Civic Association for the Town of North Hempstead’s annual Clean Up Your Trash Walk.