Red Cross Spreads Holiday Cheer


During the December holidays, the Red Cross Club gave gifts to their families, but they also gave to those in the Englewood community. Students visited the Veterans Home in Paramus, NJ, and donated a variety of brand new essential and nonessential goods, including toiletries and clothing, and spread some holiday cheer.

“We’re seeing that a lot of people are really in need, and because we can’t really get around doing food drives or fundraising for them, the work around was to have the kids drop off the items to the Veterans Home,” club adviser Jackie Goolsarran said. 

This project was about donating to show appreciation to the veterans who have fought for us in desperate times. Members of the club wanted to help provide goods so the vets would have less of a struggle or just feel appreciated during the holidays. They hoped that their donations could at least make the veterans smile. 

I feel it’s important to give back and contribute to our community, especially at times like this.

— Olivia Hong

“I feel it’s important to give back and contribute to our community, especially at times like this,” sophomore Olivia Hong said. 

As seniors, club Presidents Kiana Ong and Sienna Tu understand the importance of giving to others, especially during the holidays. They wanted to continue supporting the Veterans Home in the pandemic even if they could not spend time visiting the vets during the holidays as members of the club have done previously.  

“Especially during the holidays, we learn how to be appreciative of everything we have,” Kiana commented. 

The Red Cross Club is also collaborating with Ryan Pruitt, the founder of the BeAllYou program and a DMAE alum. Club members want to help inspire students by helping them join Ryan’s webinar program to learn about “doing what you love.” 

Despite our current predicament with COVID-19, Red Cross members have found ways to create a shining light for those who may be struggling or feel alone.