WESTFIELD, NJ — Home from Tulane University due to the pandemic, Westfield High School graduate Dori Kaplan is using her free time to make and sell beaded jewelry to raise money for Feeding America. The project has already raised $1,000, she said.

Kaplan said she was inspired to start her project after reading articles about people lining up for hours at food banks, where supplies were running low.

“Hunger has always been a huge issue in America, but now due to coronavirus, there is just so much more need,” Kaplan said. “Kids who usually rely on school breakfast and lunch programs are now going without that assistance. And many people who live paycheck to paycheck are losing their jobs and unable to support themselves or their families.” 

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All of the proceeds from sales of the earrings, bracelets and necklaces she makes go directly to Feeding America, a non-profit organization that assists food banks and soup kitchens nationwide and connects needy people to resources, Kaplan said. All donations will be matched dollar for dollar by the company that her father works for, Jansen, she said.

“Having everything shut down like this and being sent home from college is really devastating and traumatic,” Kaplan said. “But I still have a roof over my head and know where my next meal is going to come from. I feel lucky. I want to use this free time to help people who don’t have the security I do.”

For more information and to make a purchase, visit https://www.facebook.com/dorikjewelry.

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