National Honor Society holds its yearly holiday raffle

Jennifer Laukonis, Staff Writer

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 Every year, the National Honor Society (NHS) holds its holiday raffle in order to raise money for the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. The yearly raffle donations take place from Nov. 12 to Dec. 7, with the drawing of winners happening on Dec. 12.

  The NHS is a nationwide organization for exceptional high school students. It serves to recognize students that have shown greatness in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

  Students in the NHS program voluntarily spend their time tutoring peers and helping the community in any way possible.

  Every year, the NHS has withheld its raffle to benefit a charity of their choice. For the past four years, this program has chosen to help the Capuchin Soup Kitchen and all they do.

  History teacher and NHS adviser, Nicole Rakozy spoke out on the festivities and history of the holiday raffle.

  “The holiday raffle is our NHS yearly raffle to benefit a charity. In the past we have benefited all sorts of charities, such as Wigs4Kids. For the past four years we have sponsored the Capuchin Soup Kitchen and their ministry to serve the poor, needy, and overwhelmed,” she stated.

     The NHS gives each of its members 20 raffle tickets every year to sell among the community. Each ticket costs one dollar and all the proceeds go straight to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen.

  “I support the cause by selling tickets, each for one dollar, and donating prizes,” stated NHS president, Morgan Jackson, ‘18.

  Prizes for the holiday raffle vary from gift cards to local businesses, to multiple different prize packs. Gift cards, donated by students, include those from businesses like Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Bob Evans, and Village Market.

  “They used to raffle off a turkey during Thanksgiving, but no one wanted to take the turkey home. I changed it so it had prizes that people could use in any way they wanted,” Rakozy recalled.

  This year the holiday raffle raised $2,439.00.

  “Last year we raised over $2,400. I’m hoping to raise that much or a little more this year,” mentioned Rakozy.

    Besides helping the Capuchin Soup Kitchen with the holiday raffle, the NHS helps the soup kitchen in many other ways.

  “We have worked in their food pantry and clothing units. Also, NHS served at one of the Capuchin Soup Kitchens downtown in October 2017,” mentioned Rakozy.

 As a whole, the NHS holiday raffle brings joy to those to participate in it. 

 “Every year, I look forward to the raffle because it is fun to spread excitement around the holidays, and all the money that NHS gets from the tickets goes to a great cause. It makes me happy to know that families and individuals in need can be fed a simple meal,” Jackson summarized.

  

  

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