MILLBURN, NJ - In early September, Hurricane Dorian slowed to a standstill, ripping apart the lives of residents in the Bahamas and creating a problem that will require massive international assistance.
This past weekend, Members of the Millburn student body, led by the Millburn High School Key Club and the senior class of 2020 fundraised with a canning drive in downtown Millburn for the victims of that hurricane. The group project was advised by Brigette Nevola, Nancy Siegel and Maria Vázquez.
Millburn High School Key Club President Gabbie Stoller spoke with TAPinto about the process of raising donations. Stoller noted that the scheduling of the fundraiser was unusual, but was necessitated by the hurricane's timing.
"Usually this early in the year, we wouldn't take on such a large project with everyone getting used to the school year and such," Stoller said. "But it was just such an impactful event, that we felt that we needed to make an equally positive impact...and really just raise for the relief of the hurricane."
As Stoller explained, Key Club is an international organization that has chapters all across the world in 35 countries. The Millburn High School Chapter normally keeps local with their projects, but Stoller noted that this was a unique situation.
She also said that residents are used to seeing students collecting in town, so that helped to speed up the donation process.
"A lot of sports do this whole canning event," Stoller added. "Asking people for donations. And people sometimes, when they see someone just collecting money, they kind of dodge eyes. But if you go in with a positive attitude and make sure they know what you're about, people have been really charitable giving towards the hurricane relief."
In total, the group collected more than $2,000, and is still raising funds. Residents who wish to donate can make a check payable to Millburn high School with the phrse "Hurricane Relief" in the memo line.