Holiday season brings charity opportunities

Senior Liliana Barbato places gifts donated by her Spanish class in the Toys for Tots bin in the main office.


            During the holidays, OBHS hosts a series of charity events students can participate in to help those in need. Some of the events include the Macy’s Make-a-Wish program, a Giving Tree, Toys for Tots drive, and OB Fights Hunger.

            For Thanksgiving break, the guidance department organized a Close to Home Food Drive, which started at the end of October to November 19th. Jennifer McCann, guidance counselor at the Grade Nine Center says, “The food collected positively impacted 16 Old Bridge High School Families. Each family received a turkey or ham along with potatoes, stuffing, veggies, pasta, sauce, mac and cheese, baked goods and soups.” Students participated in this by donating food in their individual classroom, or by dropping it off in the main office.

            Although this event has passed, many more are still active. Red Cross, a volunteer club, focuses on OB fights hunger, as well as creating care package boxes to give to the Reform Church Home. The members of Red Cross are collecting non-perishable food items and they will create their own care packages to give to the senior citizens in time for the holidays. Brittany Bennett, one of the supervisors of Red Cross club says, “These donations will assist those in need of essential food items through our OB Fights Hunger mission.” Students can donate by bringing in boxes and dropping them off in room 115.

Khadeeja Khan and Paullyn Asumadu work together to wrap a gift for the Giving Tree, which is a collection of gifts for Old Bridge families who can not afford gifts for the holidays.

            The Giving Tree event is also taking place right now. McCann says, “Old Bridge High School will be participating in a Giving Tree for OB families in need. They can help support these families through clubs or classrooms looking to sponsor some of our families.” The School Counseling Department at the GNC is sponsoring this event, McCann says “This event will help families from our OBHS community, 16 in total. If a student or family is interested in adopting a child, they can contact me.” McCann’s email is

            All these events have helped and will continue to help families that live in Old Bridge. 

Posted 12/17/21

Photos by: Disha Dhingra, Kaden Buchalter, and Tim O’Neill

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