Nine Forest Hills schools unite to make a difference for local families
For the ninth consecutive year, students in Forest Hills School District will participate in Shop & Share on Dec. 6 from 4 p.m.- 7 p.m., a service event hosted by 9United, an organization that provides the opportunity for children in FHSD to help families in need. During Shop & Share, students, parents and community members take-over Target on Beechmont Avenue to shop for local families in need.
The week prior to Shop & Share, Forest Hills students participate in donation drives, such as Penny Wars, to generate funds to use during the Target shopping night. Then on Dec. 6, students, parents and more meet at Beechmont Target to use the money to fund necessities, wishes and surprises for families in the school district, as well as at Beech Acres Parenting Center, Inter Parish Ministries and St. Joe’s Orphanage.
Last year, more than 1,000 FHSD students and families provided more than $65,000 in gifts and sustainability to 40 Forest Hills families and more than 300 local families.
Target supports the effort by donating gift cards for students to shop with, designating a number of check-out lanes to the event so there is less waiting in line and ensuring shoppers have energy by providing free popcorn and drinks.
Also assisting the effort are Josh Gerth and Andrew Pappas, Anderson Township trustees, who provide Starbucks coffee for Shop & Share participants.
“Shop & Share helps students realize that anyone of any age can make a positive impact,” said Amy Miller, Forest Hills parent and co-founder of 9United with partner, Jen Schlosser. “Some students do chores to help raise donations, some empty their piggy banks, some babysit; others come to Target and help shop for families in need, while others help load trucks with gifts. We really want students to realize they can give back to their local community in multiple ways, no matter their age. This event truly shows how all ages, backgrounds and talents can positively impact a community.”