Danny Brenner and Jeremy Adelsheimer have started a Haiti Relief Club at the school, inspired by a connection with people of Haiti that was formed on a trip to the country this past spring with the Church Outreach to Youth (COTY) project.
“We created bonds with all the people that live there,” Danny said.
As a kickoff fundraiser, members are selling T-shirts with a “Haitian Nation” logo to show solidarity with the people of Haiti.
Proceeds from the shirts will go to the COTY foundation’s efforts to build a hospital in Haiti and a bridge to the hospital so people will have easier access.
Jeremy and Danny said the club is turning out to be popular. They said many students who join are developing an interest to visit Haiti as well.
“It got really big really quickly,” Jeremy said.
The first batch of “Haitian Nation” shirts sold out and they had to order 500 more.
The Millburn Deli has agreed to sell the shirts, and students from neighboring districts and even schools in New York have bought or intend to buy T-shirts.
“We’re trying to spread our interest in helping Haiti to other schools,” Jeremy said.
The club will also plan bake sales, car washed and fund-raising tournaments to help Haiti throughout the year.
To pick up a “Haitian Nation” T-shirt, visit the Millburn Deli or e-mail email jadelsheimer @gmail.com or dbrenner107 @gmail.com.
– Andrea Hughes