Healing Hands’ Clothing Drive: Support for Ukraine


Healing Hands sorting and packing all of the donations into boxes.

Naeelah Desanges, Entertainment Editor

Finding ways to make a real impact in global crises as a high schooler may seem impossible. Not knowing where to start or how to help are among the few questions you may have asked yourself as news about the crisis in Ukraine reached the US. High schoolers here at NPHS were quick to provide aid and a more significant opportunity for our community to make a difference in the lives of many refugees displaced by the war.

Gillian Celona, Junior, packing boxes.

Healing Hands is a non-profit fundraising club at NPHS that raises awareness for a different cause each month. In March, Healing Hands held a two-week-long clothing drive for refugees displaced by the war in Ukraine. Many brought in their lightly used winter wear such as jackets, hats, sweaters, and boots. The drive was organized by Judy Akid, President of Healing Hands, Naeelah Desanges, Vice President of Healing Hands, Nicolas Upegui, Treasurer of Healing Hands, Isabella Giammarco and the many dedicated members of Healing Hands. The entire club spent hours sorting and organizing clothes into boxes, and without the help of Mrs. Giammarco and her guidance, none of it would have been possible. NPHS Healing Hands donated 20 boxes and two barrels full of jackets, clothes, and shoes to a local Ukrainian Church to be shipped directly into Ukraine. Remembering that there is always some way to make a difference is essential, but providing others with the opportunity to do the same can be even more impactful.