ASL Club at Huntington North trying to keep ‘voices’ warm ths winter

ASL (American Sign Language) Club members at Huntington North High School show the mittens and other clothing collected so far in their “Mittens for Many” campaign on Thursday, Nov. 14. The club hopes to receive 200 pairs of new mittens and gloves, along with hats, scarves and other items by the time their drive ends on Friday, Nov. 22. Pictured are (front row from left) Joshua Hupp and Craig Ingram; (second row from left) teacher Jacque Cansler, Lizzie Preston, Sonya Jackson, Alyssa White and Libby Quakenbush; (third row from left) Corynn Keller, Rebecca Paolillo, Karissa Marley, Angel Smithley, Crystal Grunden and Brenda Turner; and (fourth row from left) Jamison Heyde, Peyton Barnard-Crum, Brody Coblentz and Anna Manry; and (back row) Liberty Shultz.
ASL (American Sign Language) Club members at Huntington North High School show the mittens and other clothing collected so far in their “Mittens for Many” campaign on Thursday, Nov. 14. The club hopes to receive 200 pairs of new mittens and gloves, along with hats, scarves and other items by the time their drive ends on Friday, Nov. 22. Pictured are (front row from left) Joshua Hupp and Craig Ingram; (second row from left) teacher Jacque Cansler, Lizzie Preston, Sonya Jackson, Alyssa White and Libby Quakenbush; (third row from left) Corynn Keller, Rebecca Paolillo, Karissa Marley, Angel Smithley, Crystal Grunden and Brenda Turner; and (fourth row from left) Jamison Heyde, Peyton Barnard-Crum, Brody Coblentz and Anna Manry; and (back row) Liberty Shultz. Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A club at Huntington North High School is in the last week of a donation drive aimed at keeping people in Huntington County warm this winter.
The ASL (American Sign Language) Club is seeking new mittens, gloves, hats, scarves and other warm items for its “Mittens for Many” drive, going on now until Friday, Nov. 22. The campaign is not just looking for donations from fellow HNHS students but from the community as well.

So far, they’ve collected around 50 pairs of mittens and gloves, aiming for a goal of 200 before the campaign ends.

“We kind of decided to do it because it represents our motto, ‘The hands become the voice for the voiceless,’” explains sophomore club member Jamison Heyde, “so it’s showing that even though we might not be able to hear, we can still give back.”

A collection box has been placed in the high school cafeteria so students can contribute to the project. There are also three donation boxes set up around town, at Z-Place, Huntington 7 Theater and the Huntington City-Township Public Library where the public may drop off items.

As a special incentive, the ASL Club is offering “a positive note” during the lunch hour, in which students can send a note of encouragement to another student for a dollar.

“That money will go back into buying more gloves,” Heyde says. “So, if they can’t donate gloves, they can send a positive note to a friend.”
The club has also partnered with the Huntington County Youth Services Bureau, Heyde says. YSB will distribute the collected mittens, gloves and other warm items to those in the county who are in need.

Sophomore Alyssa White says club members are happy to help those who need some protection from the cold winter weather, but that’s not the only reason.

“It’s important for us to do something like this, mainly because not a lot of people even know that there’s an ASL class at the high school as of now, so Mittens for Many is not only a way for us to give to the community, but it’s a way for us to show that ASL Club is here, we are trying to get involved with the community,” she explains. “We’re not just a class; we’re trying to get involved.”

Senior club member Joshua Hupp says those in the group are eager to show that the deaf community has a lot to contribute. The class will perform a song in an upcoming talent show at the high school to prove that point.

“We want to show that they’re not not able to help, as well as just be a part of the community,” he says.

More information on the Mittens for Many project is available by calling Heyde at 366-3709 or by emailing White at AlyssaW925119@gmail.com.