UNION, NJ – Continuing their philanthropic work, students and families from Washington School held a clothing drive recently, earmarking proceeds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Washington School counselor Kim Marano said each year the school participates in several fundraisers to benefit a charitable organization. Past fundraisers have included Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Pennies for Patients, Bubbles for Autism, and WHIP Pediatric Cancer Research. “Due to the pandemic and remote learning, it became difficult to continue to raise funds for these important causes,” said Marano.
On January 10, Washington School held its first ever clothing drive. Throughout the day, new and gently used men, women and children’s clothing, shoes, purses, belts, bed and bath linens, stuffed animals, bicycles and baby strollers were donated and collected. The donations were then brought to a warehouse facility where it was weighed. An amount will be calculated by pound for the items that were collected, and a check will be donated to the school, said Marano.
"I couldn't believe how many community members came by and dropped off items," said interim superintendent Gerry Benaquista at Tuesday night's school board meeting. "Several staff members and PTA were involved in helping. It was a great event and they did a great job."
Continuing the school's philanthropic involvement, Marano said the school decided to donate the proceeds. A Google survey was presented to the students with a list of charitable organizations. Students voted for and decided the money should be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.