Niguel Hills Middle School students and parents have been walking neighborhoods, knocking on doors and approaching businesses to collect baby clothes and supplies for families of the 1st Battalion, 4th Marines and the U.S.S. McClusky.
In October 2012, the Parent Teacher Student Association at NHMS partnered with the city of Laguna Niguel and created a charity service project called, “Baby Showers for the Military.” So far, NHMS has collected new clothing, diapers, bibs, bottles, toys, toiletries, bath seats and car seats for their school charity.
“We [PTSA of NHMS] are doing this because it’s always important to support our military,” said Mara Hornby of the PTSA, whose husband served in the US Navy. “Many of the students involved in student PTSA have family members in the military and they wanted to support this program.”
The donations gathered by NHMS and the city of Laguna Niguel will get passed down to the Laguna Niguel Military Support Committee, a non-profit corporation established in 2007. Once the committee receives these donations, they will personally deliver them to the military families who have babies 18 months of age and younger.
Hornby and other volunteers mentor the student PTSA co-chairs of the Baby Showers for the Military project. They are Patrick Mullen and Daphnay Pino, who make school posters and collect donations from students at NHMS.
Pino, who is in the sixth grade, walks door-to-door and asks for donations in her community. Mullen, an eighth-grade student, writes donation request letters to businesses. Hornby credits him and his mother Sharon for writing a letter to Walmart and successfully bringing in a large donation from them, which will be presented at the Laguna Niguel City Council meeting Feb. 5.
“Patrick and his mother Sharon were instrumental in having Walmart donate $1,000 grant to the charity,” said Hornby. “We [PTSA] are so proud of everyone.”
Donations can be dropped off in the bin at the front office by Feb. 1. For more information, please email Mara Hornby at firstname.lastname@example.org.