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"The act of citizenship is a key component to being a member of the National Honor Society (NHS). By organizing the clothing drive, members learn to communicate and work alongside members of the community. Hopefully, through this experience, members will contribute to their future communities and become leaders like they have been at school," said Kingsland's new NHS advisor, Stacey Hogberg, anticipating the chapter's annual clothing drive slated for Saturday, March 29, at the Spring Valley Community Center.

There are approximately 30 NHS members this year, according to Hogberg, and they have had a busy school year already, holding several service projects for various causes. The members of NHS have been volunteering in many capacities this year as they have trick-or-treated for canned food for the food shelf on Halloween, made snowmen crafts and distributed them to the residents at Spring Valley Senior Living, and helped out with many school events, including judging spelling bees, reading to the elementary students during Read Across America Week, and acting as peer tutors. Also, some students helped clear tables during the benefit for Gary Zwart.

"The clothing drive is a great opportunity for students to volunteer together and contribute to their community," said Hogberg. "Many families are struggling with the suffering economy, and offering free clothes is just a simple way to help those families in need...many families are struggling to pay bills each month due to the economic downturn. Shopping for free clothes can help out tremendously."

Donations of anything and everything, from sweatshirts on down to shoes, will be accepted for distribution during the drive. If you are interested in donating gently used clothes, check with your local church to see if they are a drop-off location, or drop off your clothes at the community center on Friday afternoon, March 28, after school, beginning at about 3:45 p.m.

Local churches have also agreed to be drop-off locations - Fillmore Free Methodist in Fillmore, St. John's in Wykoff, Our Savior's Lutheran, Faith United Methodist, First English Lutheran and St. Ignatius Catholic in Spring Valley. If your church hasn't announced that they are participating, be sure to check, Hogberg added.

The Kingsland High School advisory groups are gathering clothes as well. If you have a son or daughter in grades seven or eight, send clothes to school with them starting Wednesday, March 19, through Wednesday, March 26.

Hogberg invited community members to take advantage of the opportunity to sport different fashions or refresh a worn out wardrobe.

"The clothing drive is open to everyone. Please shop for free and bring your own bags if you want. However, bags will be provided as well," she said. "There is no limit to how many clothes a person can take, so bring a truck if you want! The leftover clothes will be donated to Goodwill, Savers, or The Salvation Army. Even if you don't need any clothes, members of NHS are selling yummy treats to help support NHS."

Hogberg appreciates that longtime advisor Karen Cleveland, who retired at the end of the 2012-2013 school year, had given the students good instruction on how to make it happen. There is a lot of planning involved for a clothing drive, "however, the students have been amazing," she said.

Each student was placed on a committee, and each committee had a different job to complete. Also, Cleveland left an outline and a folder of information about the clothing drive, and that has been very helpful since Hogberg is the new advisor to NHS. She's also thankful for seniors this year who have participated and helped organize the drive last year.

"I think they enjoy working with each other to help their community," said Hogberg. "These students are leaders in the school and have always stepped up to volunteer whenever a need was requested. It speaks volumes to the type of students we have in our community."

The Kingsland National Honor Society's clothing drive will run from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Spring Valley Community Center on March 29. For more information, contact Hogberg at Kingsland High School.