An award-winning, student-led 501(c)3 nonprofit organization repurposing linens to charities since 2014.
My name is Joyce Jiang and I am 17 years old. This fall, I am going to be a senior at Morris Knolls High School in New Jersey. My school offers some clubs and activities that are service oriented and I have been participating in them since freshman year. One cause that I have a profound passion for is health/hospitals. This is because I believe that a healthy lifestyle (physical and mental) is crucial to live a longer life and meet individuals’ aspirations. Therefore, I plan to major in Global Public Health in college to explore how many conditions can affect the pathway of overall health. When I first heard about this organization, I was shocked that two teens had started this club in 2014 and how far they have come today. This inspired my friend Mya Dell’Aquila and I to start our own chapter and expand the cause. In all, I am excited to bring Linens N Love to my school because it is an organization that helps many different groups of people in a unique way.
My name is Mya Dell’Aquila, I am 16 years old and I go to Morris Knolls High School. In school, I am a part of multiple clubs after school. In my free time, I am deeply involved with music and apart of a symphony orchestra and two chamber ensembles. When I am not playing music, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family; I have four older sisters and a dog that I love to spend time with. Because of my experience with having two dogs, my love for animals grew immensely. I am very passionate about animal cruelty and love to help animals in any possible way. I am very excited to be apart of Linens N Love and help my community in bigger ways.
Article written by: Marina Milelli, Joyce Jiang, and Mya Dell'Aquila
Morris Knolls Linens N Love Chapter
Our first linens pick up took place on 10/10/20 at Hyatt Regency Morristown. We had the help of Joyce & Mya (Chapter Presidents), Marina (Communications Officer), and Natalie (Secretary). It was a last-minute plan after we heard back from hotels, so the attendance of members was lower than expected which contributed to a small challenge. We had some trouble when we first arrived at the hotel in finding the “loading dock”-which is where the linens have been brought to. With some help from the front desk of the hotel, we were able to find it quickly. We were not completely sure how many linens we were going to receive, but were very surprised and greatly appreciated the large amount they were able to give us.
We were told by the General Manager that there would be a “few bags of linens.” However, when we arrived at the hotel, we found out there were 15 bags which required us to take two trips. The linens they supplied us with included towels and bedsheets. Overall, the first pick up was successful, and we can’t wait to deliver the linens to shelters and places in need. Gaining useful knowledge and learning from the challenges that we faced will greatly help up in any future events.
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