Club Profile: Red Cross Club
By Leah Tan
Since its founding just over a year ago by President Julia Eby, the Red Cross Club has grown tremendously and today consists of a diverse group of students who are passionate about contributing to their community and helping others. Julia came up with the idea to form BHS’s Red Cross Club when her mother became a Red Cross volunteer after the tornadoes hit western Massachusetts several years ago; after its trial year, the Red Cross Club was official launched at BHS in 2014 with the aid of Ms. Picard, the club advisor.
The Red Cross Club meets several times a month to discuss ways to give back to the community and to raise money for local charities and other worthy organizations. At each meeting, members are free to discuss new ideas and to contribute to previous plans; the meetings are casually run so that everyone feels comfortable suggesting his or her thoughts. The efforts of the Red Cross are largely a group effort, and everyone plays a role in the decisions that are made. Ms. Picard, the Red Cross’s club advisor, says, “It’s wonderful to spend time with young people who are dedicated to making a positive difference in their community. They talk the talk and walk the walk!” The club’s relaxed atmosphere certainly gave rise to come brilliant results.
Last month, the Red Cross Club held a clothing drive, where it collected new or gently used clothing to donate to the Big Brother Big Sister Foundation. One of the Red Cross Club’s most successful activities in the past has been the Halloween Candy Drive; teachers and students are encouraged to donate their leftover Halloween candy to be sent to soldiers in Afghanistan. In the past two years, about fifty pounds of sweet treats have been collected and the club hopes to continue again with this campaign next Halloween. The Red Cross Club also held a t-shirt and bumper sticker sale last year where club members sold t-shirts with ‘Boston Strong’ across the front were sold along with ‘Boston Strong’ stickers to family and friends. The proceeds went to help the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. The sale finished with incredible success. A grand sum of $1000 was raised in total. Other notable activities include the Christmas Adopt-a-Family as well as a Five Guys fundraiser last year.
The Red Cross Club’s current project is to organize a trip for members to volunteer together. With the enthusiastic guidance of Ms. Picard, the members have been looking into organizations to volunteer for, such as elderly homes and food pantries. The Red Cross Club hopes to make a different by sharing a few hours of its time in the community. Already, it is planning for next year and has several exciting events in store. Braintree High can be sure to hear more as the Red Cross Club continues to grow!