Karate school donates gifts to Nashua Children’s Home

NASHUA – Independent Karate School, 138 Lake St., wrapped up its annual holiday toy drive on Dec. 19.

With support from its extensive base of students and their families, more than 50 toys and gift cards were collected and donated to the Nashua Children’s Home.

After the last toy was collected, a small group of instructors brought the toys to the Children’s Home that afternoon … but the story doesn’t end there.

As they got ready to leave, a woman arrived at the Children’s Home with another donation, but was having trouble getting it out of her car. IKS black belts sprang into action to help her carry everything in.

"This is the kind of thing we love to see from our students," said Jeff Maistrosky, senior instructor at the IKS. "A true martial artist doesn’t use their strength to harm others. Instead, they use it to help people who are in need."

Helping the IKS with the task were Jordan Gentile and Ted Boivin, of Nashua; Hannah St. George, of Brookline; and Tim Philbin, of Bedford.

For more information, visit nashuachildrenshome.org or independentkarateschools.com.