Nicholas County High School JROTC Helps Community With Operation Paper Angels and Canned Food Drive


Pictured from Left to right:  C/SSG Hannah Hellwege, C/SSG Gavin Tullier, C/CPL Joseph Bishop, C/LTC Alexandria Abarca (BN CDR), and center, Santa Claus.
Pictured from Left to right: C/SSG Hannah Hellwege, C/SSG Gavin Tullier, C/CPL Joseph Bishop, C/LTC Alexandria Abarca (BN CDR), and center, Santa Claus.
Photo Credit: SFC Randall Long - AI

Story by: CPT April Habib - SAI | January 2, 2019

SUMMERSVILLE, WV -- The Staff and Cadets of the Wilderness BN JROTC at Nicholas County High School (NCHS) had a twist on the traditional canned food drive for the Holidays. They included the county elementary schools; and the incentive was a chance to have their picture taken with Santa Clause. Six of the seven county schools participated in the food drive amassing over 5,000 canned goods from 6 to 17 December. Ultimately, Summersville Elementary earned the photos and time with Santa. Three local churches with food pantries collected the canned foods to be distributed to families in need in the Nicholas County area. Santa took individual pictures with 80+ students from Summersville Elementary and several JROTC Cadets were Santa’s Elves to make sure things ran smoothly. Operation Paper Angel is a take on the familiar "Angel Tree" that most communities have. NCHS JROTC version had each of the local elementary schools put in names of two children from their student body who were in need, then the faculty and staff from NCHS, as well as community leaders took a name and fulfilled the wishes along with the needs of these young people. The response from our Faculty and Staff was amazing, much like the response from the elementary schools with the Canned Food Drive. We look forward to continuing both traditions along with the plethora of community service projects we are already involved with.

To learn more about Wilderness BN JROTC visit them at their Facebook page.