Science Hill junior Aarushi Raj completed her first public supply drive last year when she collected books for school-aged children through the United Way of East Tennessee Highlands. After a successful campaign, Raj is refocusing her efforts on something else important to her.
The Science Hill junior and member of HOSA has spent time volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House. She now uses her power to collect items for babies and their families who are residing at the Ronald McDonald House.
“(The book drive last year) really showed me that I could make a defense about issues that I care about,” Raj said. “I learned that I could do it successfully if it is coordinated well. So that is why I am starting this school year off with an important topic to me.”
“I think as a society, we function best when we care about the needs of others and not just our own needs,” Raj continued. “I know everyone’s life has its own pressing concerns, but when we only care about ourselves, we don’t grow as a society.”
The supply drive started a few weeks ago and will run for over 100 more days. Raj is encouraging in-kind donations and monetary donations. She has already collected $900 in monetary donations, as well as numerous supplies. Students who donate one baby supply kit, which includes a new preemie or newborn size outfit, one pack of pacifiers and one baby bib will receive four hours of community service.
“I think it’s already very difficult for a family to have a sick child,” Raj said. “So, I think they shouldn’t have to worry about certain things. I want to help these families and try to bring them comfort, however we can.”
This collection is close to Raj’s heart as she wants to be a physician, maybe even a pediatrician, when she grows up.
For more information about the supply drive, please contact Brittany Long at email@example.com.