Editor's Note: Photo taken prior to social distancing.

GLEN ROCK, NJ - A group of high school juniors have used their time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic to sell wristbands to raise money for Bergen County healthcare workers.

Nirvan Chandiramani, one of the members of the group, said they decided to start Glen Rock Hungry2Help as a way to help the local communities around them, an effort that began last summer. The group is comprised of 11 boys, all from Glen Rock, all juniors in high school.

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"We started the group in the summer [2019] with collecting supplies for Jersey Cares," Chandiramani said. "We have also volunteered for the Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge in Oakland, collected supplies for Eva's Village in Paterson, and coordinated donations to Protect Chirag, which provides light to villages in India."

"We decided to start our COVID-19 fundraiser to collect money for healthcare workers," he said. "Our group has many members of their family currently battling the virus on the front lines, and we felt it would only be right to collect and donate all the profits we could for them. Thus, we started our fundraiser for healthcare workers."

Results to date:

  • Raised $5,282 in a month of fundraising; 100% of funds raised will be donated

  • Intend to evenly donate the funds to 4 hospitals in Bergen County; Holy Name, Hackensack University, Valley and Englewood. 

  • Let hospitals decide what to do with the funds

  • Have yet to donate funds, but will in upcoming weeks

For every donation of $10, one receives a “Bergen, We Are One” custom wristband to show support for healthcare workers.

Donations can be made through Venmo (https://venmo.com/GlenRockH2H) and their GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/f/hungry2help-covid19-fundraiser?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1),

You can also visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GRHUNGRY2HELP/