‘Little Smiles’ club holds annual toy drive

Jupiter High’s Little Smiles Club started its annual holiday toy drive from Nov. 11 to Dec. 10 with the goal to raise toys for children and families in need this holiday season. 

“The Little Smiles Club is [one of many] youth chapters of a bigger charity created in South Florida. The club here in Jupiter works to get the youth of our community more involved in charitable events and giving back [to the community],” Magnolia Lang, President of the Little Smiles Club, said. 

The Little Smiles Club is one of the many clubs on our campus that hosts events and fundraisers to help students earn community service hours, make friends, and give back to the community.

“This club is a great way to get community service hours for graduation or any other requirements while helping out the less fortunate kids in our community,” Fresco Francavilla said. 

With over 85 members, Little Smiles is one of the most prominent clubs at Jupiter High.

I joined Little Smiles because I like what they are doing as they try to make life a little more pleasant for those who are in difficult circumstances. ”

— Kaitlyn Marcoullier

The organization not only gives Jupiter High the chance to give back to the community but provides them with community service opportunities.

“Being a part of the club not only allows students to help children in need but also be part of a worthwhile community project. Colleges appreciate when applicants are involved in community service,” Erika Muncy, the club’s advisor, said. 

The group is the busiest during the holiday season because of its holiday toy drive, where students can donate new and unused toys in boxes around campus to help put a smile on the faces of those in need. 

“The toy drive helps families, homeless families, and sick children in hospitals are able to have a Christmas that they will remember forever,” Lang said. Last year we collected over 16,000 toys for some families who cannot afford to give their kids a Christmas.” 

With a goal of collecting over 600 toys, the Little Smiles club is working hard to spread awareness about the toy drive to all students on campus and get everyone involved in helping give back to those in less fortunate circumstances. 

“I think they are achieving their goal because they are helping other children who are less fortunate than others so they can have something to smile about, which is really nice to know I can help do,” Francavilla said.