Five Upper St. Clair High School students are helping to make sure other kids throughout the nation have access to meals while schools remain closed.
Sophomores Lauren Glassbrenner, Ammar Kethavath, Sam Scalzo, Victoria Semenov and Isaac Yap are hoping to raise more than $700 through an online T-shirt sale.
The group designed an Upper St. Clair T-shirt through Custom Ink. Shirts sell for $25, with 63% of each sale benefiting No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting kids who are struggling.
“We thought a T-shirt sale would be a great fundraiser since apparel is a great way to show school and community spirit,” Victoria said. “All proceeds will be going directly to No Kid Hungry to help feed the millions of vulnerable kids who are now left without meals due to the nationwide school closures.”
T-shirts are available through May 24. The students hope to sell at least 50 shirts in order to raise $787 for No Kid Hungry.
“We chose No Kid Hungry as our nonprofit since it is a national organization and they are able to distribute resources as they deem necessary,” Victoria said. “It is also a worthwhile cause, since COVID-19 has disrupted many aspects of our day-to-day lives, particularly providing the millions of meals that 22 million school children rely on every day.”
The students are determined to make a positive difference and they view this fundraiser as a way to contribute to a much greater world relief effort.
“Through following the pandemic and self-isolation, we have realized what huge impacts small decisions can make,” Ammar said. “It is important we as a community move forward together to help those in need.”
Emblazoned with the message “Together – While Apart,” the T-shirts remind students that despite social distancing efforts they are not alone.
“Just about all of us are home right now with our families but that doesn’t mean that we can’t collaborate and make a positive difference together,” Ammar said. “Purchasing a T-shirt can go a long way to provide vulnerable children with their next meal during this time of need. None of us can sit back and wait while COVID-19 damages lives everywhere. We must all contribute to helping those we can.”
To purchase a shirt, visit www.customink.com/fundraising/nokidhungrycovid-19.