Special to the News
Orchard Park is filled with an abundance of compassion; much of it radiating from the students.
SSHOPSS (Staff and Students Helping Orchard Park Students and Society) is a group of about 15 students from grade nine to 12 who have big hearts and the love for giving. The unit provides much assistance to those who are financially fragile within the community.
The group has assembled Christmas gifts baskets containing necessity and recreation items, which will go to youth in the community who are less fortunate. All of SSHOPSS’s Christmas efforts will benefit more than 40 youth in the community.
The group supports the needs of those in the community who live in poverty by providing food, clothes, school supplies and other provisions. The unit, as well as other volunteers, work at maintaining and stocking the Walk in Closet,, which is accommodating those in need throughout the year. It holds an ample amount of clothing, food and miscellaneous items for those who require assistance.
“It is such a great feeling helping our fellow students. All of us can come together and work toward one goal. At this time of year it is important that we ensure everyone has something under their tree,” said Grade 12 student Gagandeep Virdi.
The group raised more than $3,000 in the first school semester thanks to donors, including Black and McDonald, the Kinsmen Club and staff at Orchard Park. Special thanks go to the Winona Men’s Club for their continuous a support for more than 10 years.
SSHOPSS is proud of their efforts and their thanks everyone who has supported them. Please remember to be giving and to lend a helping hand to someone. A little can go a long way.