ALANA raises money for Puerto Rico

by Jackie Sizing
edited by Ian Keating

African American, Latino/a, Native American, Asian American Diversity Initiative (ALANA) has raised $350, among other donations, to give to those affected by Hurricane Maria and Jose in Puerto Rico.

“We had a lot of people who wanted to do something. It’s a necessary humanitarian act anyone should do,” said junior Natalie Hamilton, who is on the Advisory Board of ALANA.

ALANA members have been collecting donations from students and faculty in the Glass Foyer since last Monday, September 25th. Members has been at the donations table from 11 a.m to 3 p.m, encouraging their classmates to give back.

Members of ALANA in the Glass Foyer (Photo: Jackie Sizing)

Hamilton hopes to double the amount of money and other donations earned so far, as well as match their previous efforts to help the people of Puerto Rico.

“The devastations the people of Puerto Rico have faced is beyond belief, which is why our relief efforts have become so important to us,” said junior Damani Brandon, who is also on the Advisory Board. “A little support can go a long way. You’d be surprised how much something like a written letter of support would help lift the spirits of someone who’s lost everything. We just want to do everything we can to help the citizens of Puerto Rico.”

ALANA also accepts and encourages non-perishables, school supplies, linens, and first aid supplies. The last chance to donate is Friday, October 6th. All the donations will be going to the Red Cross.

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