Students and faculty from St. Edward-Epiphany Catholic School, Richmond, pose in front of trees decorated with toys, hats and mittens they helped collect for Holiday Helper. The photo was taken Dec. 6 at the HH Toy Store on Battle Drive. For six years now, as part of the middle school’s “Season of Giving” during the holidays, students have participated in hat and mitten drives and “Stuff the Truck” collection events. The activities yield warm winter wear as well as unwrapped toys, games, puzzles, books and baby items. “It’s great to help the Soldiers like this,” sixth-grader Logan Anderson said. “This is my first year doing the collection, but I plan to do it again until I leave St. Edward after eighth grade.” Going strong in its 18th year, Holiday Helper supports military families who are facing special circumstances. Every December, it opens its doors to command-nominated military members and allows them to “shop” for gifts free of charge to give to their children for Christmas. The selection of toys, books and other gifts is vast, thanks to a steady flow of generous donations from community groups, local businesses, government agencies and others.