Being that the holiday season is still upon us, Hannah Collins and Alison Romero, juniors from Mountain Pointe High School, have been working tirelessly on their individual projects that focus on donating different items to families in need.

Romero, a junior, is in completion of her Angel Tree project, which goes towards assisting students in the McKinney Vento Act, who are students in transition from being homeless or living in a shelter.

The Angel Tree project assisted 11 families in need during the holiday season, where each family received roughly $300 worth of presents and gift cards on anything they needed around their household.

“We ended up with more than $2,400 worth of gift cards and $1,300 worth of presents,” Romero said.

Collins is in the completion of her “Show You Care” packages project, which also aids individuals in need during the holiday season with simple everyday necessities.

Inside the care packages are basic everyday necessities such as toothpaste, deodorant and other toiletry items.

The care packages come with food and clothing that are put on the side of each package.

The two Good Samaritans are also involved with Girl Scouts, being in the club together for 10 years, and decided that their projects would be a perfect way to earn their gold award.

“We both needed an idea for our gold award project that had to be sustainable and help out our community,” Romero said. “We had such an amazing response for the community that we got extra presents, and we were able to help other families in need that weren’t under the McKinney Vento Act.”

To get the word out about both projects, Romero and Collins advertised it through Mountain Pointe’s newsletter and began spreading it throughout the hallways of the school.

“Administration told us that there were a large amount of homeless students this year and a lot of students in need, so we thought it would be a good idea to set up these programs,” Collins said.

Soon after, the word about their projects caught wild fire around the school and members of the Ahwatukee community began to donate items to both projects.

Collins also extended the word through Mountain Pointe’s Key Club, and the club assisted with the donation process.

Romero and Collins enjoyed their projects so much they both have decided to make it an annual occurrence, and push it out to other schools around Ahwatukee.

The two Pride students are currently working on their final reports, which focuses on how the projects will become a continuation in their community for years to come.

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