NHS/SADD, Share the Joy parade is huge success


photo by Sheila Rappé

Colin Heidemann, Audrey Wise, and Emily Johnson stand next to the big white sleigh that the toys were collected in. Heidemann enjoyed greeting the cars.

On Wednesday, December 9, Meridian’s National Honor Society (NHS) partnered with SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) for Meridian’s first-ever Share The Joy toy/food parade in the MHS parking lot. The group ended the night with a large collection of toys, food, and $550 in donations.

In previous years NHS had a large white sleigh in the school for students to fill throughout the week, but due to online learning and COVID-19 restrictions, the group decided to take a different approach. The sleigh was sat outside the high school entrance and both NHS and SADD members gathered together for an hour to greet cars as they dropped off food, toys, and monetary donations. The food and cash donations were sent to the Macon Community Center and will go to help 40 families living in the community and the toys will be donated to the Toys for Tots program in Decatur.

“This drive involved more adults from the community which was a positive difference because we held it in the evening when they were available to drive through,” Sheila Rappé, a high school teacher and NHS sponsor for Meridian said. “Motivating students to bring donations to the school in the past few years has proven difficult, so I believe I would like to see this evening event become a new tradition.”

Senior Colin Heidemann, during the course of the parade, was dressed as Santa Claus to help greet all the cars who donated, this was Heidemann’s favorite part of the evening.

“It’s good to give back to the community, Christmas is a time of giving and it’s good to give to the kids who aren’t as fortunate,” Heidemann said.

Senior Chloe Moyer is the NHS vice president. Moyer’s favorite part of the parade was all the people dressed up in their festive holiday clothing.

“I think it’s important because we’re all getting together in the middle of the season, which we can’t get together normally, because you know we’re online learning currently and we’re also giving back to the community at the same time,” Moyer said.