By: Lauren Murphy
For the past 15 years, Mrs. Simmons and Mrs. Villano have infected AHS with the holiday spirit of giving. They have generously donated their time to organize a toy and clothing drive to bring holiday cheer to families in need. They collect donations early in December and the families receive their gifts in time for the holidays.
The drive works as part of a larger program through the Department of Human Services. Families in need reach out to the Department and devise a list of 5 clothing items and 5 toys for each of their children. The Department then distributes these lists to AHS groups that have agreed to help.
This year, our school donated over 125 items, spreading joy to many children in our community. Over the 15 years that this program has been run, hundreds of families have been helped.
Mrs. Simmons reflects on her years as an organizer saying, “Seeing the kindness and generosity of the Arlington High School Community makes this a very enjoyable experience and a pleasure to organize.”