BRIDGEWATER, NJ - After raising more than $3,000, Bridgewater-Raritan High School sophomore class council president Lev Ariyan delivered 5,000 N-95 protective masks to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset.
The sophomore class of 2022, along with their families, friends and classmates, raised the money to purchase the masks.
The campaign was organized by Ariyan, class vice president Sabrina Brady, class treasurer Ryan Luis and class secretary Conor Regan, who coordinated it with their fellow students.
“For the past month, we had been trying to think about a way to get the community involved at a time like this, and get the sophomore class involved,” Ariyan said.
Ariyan said they launched a GoFundMe page to raise the money to purchase the masks.
“Our motivation was that any help is good help,” he said. “Any way we could try to help our community, we wanted to do it.”
Ariyan said they hit the goal of $3,000 in five days.
“I am proud of my community and class for doing something as special as this,” he said. “I want to say thank you to everyone who was involved in making this goal possible.”
Ariyan said it has been a rough few weeks, and donating these masks will help the first responders and healthcare workers.
“I want people to look at what our community and class has done, it is a big example for what others can do,” he said. “During times like this, anything can help and anything can change someone’s life.”
“The residents of Bridgewater, we are tough, and we will get through this,” he added.