IHHS sophomores start Red Cross Club to help people around the world

IHHS sophomores start Red Cross Club to help people around the world
Posted on 12/15/2017
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Indian Hill High School sophomore Manasi Singh has always appreciated how fortunate she is. She’s also always willing to help out, whether it is working with primary-aged children for school website photos or collecting items for those in need.

That’s why, when she started learning about the Red Cross and what they do, she wanted to get more involved. And the natural next step for this intrepid young woman was to start a club. Hence, the IHHS Red Cross Club was born. 

Her first step was to secure help: she asked sophomore Kathy Ning if she would like to be Vice President. Kathy and Manasi agreed this club would be much different than other school clubs, “due to the fact that everything we do has a direct impact on people around the country who need the Red Cross’ aid.” Sophomores Maggie Jutze, Jack Ning, Ashleigh Prugh, and Amy Prugh also joined the club as officers. 

In its first two weeks, the club was able to quickly launch two fundraisers for hurricane relief. Manasi explains, “We brought the Kona Ice Truck to our school for lunches, and hosted our first carwash at 5/3 Bank. It was unbelievable how quickly people came together to get things organized for the cause.” They raised $700 in a weekend.

From there, they hosted a Halloween costume drive for New Miami Elementary, a school they learned had many students who would not be going out trick or treating since they could not afford costumes. In a 4-day drive, they collected 60 full sets of costumes! They also made goodie bags, with glow sticks, pencils, and a Halloween safety note.

In December, they are leading a two-week holiday drive, with all proceeds going to Cincinnati Veterans Hospital and St. Joseph's Orphanage. “As well as the drive, our club members came together for a meeting recently and made many holiday cards to be delivered with the supplies,” Manasi says.

The founding officers are all very service-oriented: Maggie feels, “It is important to use our privilege to improve the lives of other people around the world.” Kathy adds, “I want to be able to help others as much as I can, even if it’s only one article of clothing or one dollar, because those things can save a life.”

And Mansi stresses that “small” is still valuable, and explains, “Every little bit counts. We've learned that the donation of $1 is used to save a child's life for Measles, and another $1 is used to protect that child's life from Rubella, two diseases most Americans don't have to worry about any more. This club is involved with very serious issues going on around the country, and often times even around the world. The Red Cross has always been the first responders in every disaster, since 1881. This club is not limited to just ‘high school,’ it is a platform for everyone in Indian Hill to be able to help support the American Red Cross.”