2017-12-29 / Education

Northside Christian Academy students help Families Helping Families

Contributed by Northside Christian Academy


National Honor Society students from Northside Christian Academy, Emily Catherine Chiles, Sarah Thompson, and Darcy Smith assist with Families Helping Families. National Honor Society students from Northside Christian Academy, Emily Catherine Chiles, Sarah Thompson, and Darcy Smith assist with Families Helping Families. Wednesday, December 13, was more than just an ordinary academic day for Northside Christian Academy’s National Honor Society students. The 25 student leaders in 10th through 12th grades were at the Families Helping Families warehouse assisting in the process of distributing donations to over 3,000 needy families in the Midlands area.

“ We were impressed by how their warehouse is being run like a well-oiled machine,” says Kath Lord, dean of students. “Within minutes of walking in the door with a group of high schoolers, our students were trained and felt ready to step in and do the work.”

To become a member of the National Honor Society, high school students must maintain the highest level of standards in character, scholarship, leadership, and service. Their achievement is prestigious, but it pales in comparison to the privilege of serving others through ministries like Families Helping Families.

Donnie Chiarel, NHS president and NCA senior, stated, “We were thrilled for the chance to go and help out for such an important cause. It was more than just about community service hours. Seeing the faces of families whose Christmas wishes would be fulfilled was truly a joy to all of us. I wish we would have had even more time to help.”

Families Helping Families is Palmetto Project’s lifeline to families in crisis. FHF has worked in the community to provide assistance to families in need of food, clothing, and Christmas gifts for more than 25 years. By coordinating with local agencies and community assistance programs, they can insure that donations and charitable giving are targeted to those who need help the most; and by eliminating duplication of services, they can do more for more families.

Over the past 25 years, more than 46,500 South Carolina families have been helped at Christmas.

As the students were leaving to return to their school in Lexington, they learned a number of families have not yet been adopted for this season. They expressed the desire to let their Lexington County neighbors know there are plenty of local opportunities to join in the efforts to bless others this holiday season and in the future.

Families Helping Families contact information is 803-787-4191 or fhfmidlands.org.



Return to top