Honor Society students wrap gifts for Angel Tree recipients
At Eureka Springs High School, giving
back is a big deal. That’s certainly true
during the holiday season, with National
Honor Society students wrapping gifts for
Angel Tree recipients before Christmas
High school guidance counselor Rachal
Hyatt said the Angel Trees were set
up at several different businesses in town,
saying members of the community have
been buying gifts for students in need and
dropping them off at the high school over
the past month. This year, Hyatt said, 156
students benefit from the Angel Tree.
“They’re all local kids,” Hyatt said.
“This is the most kids we’ve ever had. It
seems like it goes up each year.”
Senior Brittney Halper recalled working
as an office aide and said she’s seen
community members bring the gifts in.
That makes it even more special, Halper
said, when she wraps the presents.
“I see how happy they are that we’ll
wrap the gifts for them,” Halper said. “It’s
been going really good. It’s just really
great to help out the community.”
Senior Faith Martin said the students
are staying on top of it, even with an influx
of gifts over the past few days.
“It’s great to see all the kids in need who
are getting gifts from the community,”
Senior Elizabeth Loudermilk agreed.
“We’ve received a lot of community
support, and it’s been keeping us busy,”
Many of the students have been wrapping
gifts for the Angel Tree recipients
for years, including seniors Brandon Ray,
Gabi Bloch and Jordon Henley. It’s always
hectic this time of year, Henley said.
“With all the classwork, it’s hard to find
time, but we make time,” Henley said.
One year, Henley said, she got to take
the wrapped presents to parents. She said
she’ll never forget seeing how happy the
families were to receive the gifts.
“It was really impactful and emotional,”
Henley said. “They were so thankful for
people in the community to give to them.”
None of this would be possible, Ray
said, without the help of the community.
“I’d like to thank them for all their help,
and I’m sure the families appreciate it,”
Ray said. “Without them, they wouldn’t
be able to provide such a good Christmas
for their kids.”
“It’s awesome seeing all these presents
that go out to little kids,” Bloch said.
“We have 50 families this year, and
some families have up to six kids in them,”
Henley said. “We know the impact this has
on our community.”
With the help of the community, Hyatt
said, anything is possible.
“We certainly couldn’t do it without
them. The community is involved every
year,” Hyatt said. “We’ve never had a kid
that’s not served. Our high school kids
are always involved, and it’s a full-circle
experience that the kids get to see how
many students in our own community are
It’s been mind-opening, Halper said, to
help her fellow students.
“It’s great that we can be part of the
community and have such an impact on
people we see around school and know
we’re a little part of their lives,” Halper
“It’s good to think about giving someone
else something they maybe haven’t
had before,” she said. “A good Christmas
is something we take for granted a lot of
times, so it’s nice to give that back.”
Hyatt said she’s proud of all the students
involved in getting the gifts to families
who need them.
“They’re just great overall. There’s 26
kids that are involved, and every year in
November, they’re like, ‘When do we get
to start? When do we get to start?’ ” Hyatt
said. “They’re very eager to do it. They’re
just good-hearted kids.”