HOOSICK FALLS — Members of the National Honors Society at Hoosick Falls Central School raised over $6,100 this holiday season, to help buy clothing for children in need.

The money, which was raised through a homeroom collection drive organized by members of the Phillip Leonard Chapter of NHS, will purchase clothing for 62 children within the community, said a press release from the school. The teachers of the school will coordinate delivering the gifts, in order to protect the privacy of the ones receiving them.

"What amazes me is how generous our community is, and how thoughtful our kids were while shopping for families. It was good to see," said NHS advisor and science teacher Karen Tommasino. "It really brought that holiday spirit to life, in a big way."

The students also collected toys, donated by the community, that were to be delivered along with the clothing. The members of the high school's Tech Club also participated in the fundraiser, building wooden toys by hand that would also be included in the gift bags. The wheeled toys were made to look like cars, ducks, and tractors.

""Helping our community takes a team effort," said junior-senior high school principal Stacy Vadney, "All of our students, teachers, and parents work hard to make sure everyone has the happiest holiday possible. We are always proud of the stupendous job they do. We're lucky to have such a giving and thoughtful community."

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.