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Willetts NJHS Volunteer as Angels for a Day

In Brunswick, 2017 ended on a high note thanks to some local kids who earned their wings as selfless 
volunteers. On December 9 at 11 a.m., Willetts Middle School National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) students volunteered their Saturday to spend $5,000 at the Medina Target to buy Christmas presents for over 50 Brunswick area children in need of some holiday cheer.

The students named their mission Angel Tags and gained funding from the Tifft Family Foundation to buy gifts for other kids in need. After the shopping event, the students traveled to Brunswick High School where they wrapped the presents and then sent them to the Salvation Army for distribution.

Cheryl Porter, Willetts´ NJHS group advisor, organized the event along with ClinicalRM and its employees, and with the help of her sixth through eighth-grade NJHS students. ClinicalRM is a clinical research organization in Hinckley founded by Vicki TIfft. This is NJHS´s first year doing something of this nature and on this scale.  The event benefits children from newborn through age 18.

¨Ẅilletts is not alone in providing children with Christmas presents,¨ Porter stated.¨ It´s country-wide.¨ The Tifft Family Foundation is not just a holiday or United States organization, but has also helped people in other countries like Africa gain clean drinking water.

The Salvation Army was a valuable asset in helping NJHS achieve its goal of providing holiday gifts for children in Medina County. The Salvation Army also provides food for families in need, as well as offering camps and recreation activities for children.

The Salvation Army sent representatives to interview parents to find out what their kids wanted and liked so a list of possible gift ideas could be provided to the student shoppers. They were also in charge of distributing presents after the NJHS students wrapped the gifts. In return for the Salvation Army´s donation of manpower, NJHS students volunteered their time to ring Salvation Army bells outside of places like Giant Eagle and K-Mart here in Brunswick.

Porter stressed the generosity of the Tifft Family, who has not only funded the NJHS Angel Tags program, but also works to provide places like Nigeria with clean drinking water. Vicki Tifft, CEO of the Tifft Family Foundation, ¨has provided a lot of money to schools in Medina County through grants,¨ said Porter. “The Angel Tags program is grateful for the foundation´s generosity.¨

Matthew Kovach, an eighth-grader at Willetts Middle School, is one of over fifty student “backpack journalists” (grades 6-12) in the award-winning BEAT Video Program. The program is sponsored by Scene75 (scene75.com), RPM, Plum Creek Assisted Living Community, Baskets Galore, Medina County Arts Council, Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund, Brunswick Eagles 3505, and the Brunswick Rotary Club. Go to TheBeat22.com to learn more about the Program, or visit TheBeat.viebit.com to view videos produced by the students.