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 second linens pick up took place on 10/12/20 at Hyatt House in Whippany, NJ. Joyce and Mya, our chapter presidents handled the delivery. We had some trouble when we first arrived because it was a little difficult to find the side entrance the hotel was referring to. After a little bit, we finally found the entrance and were guided by hotel staff into the place that the linens were kept. When discussing over the phone, the Head Housekeeper told us that there were “2-3 bags of linens”, but upon arrival, we noticed that there were 7 large bags. This was a bit challenging because Mya and Joyce had to load/unload the linens in and out of the car by themselves, in the rain, while the bags ripped constantly due to the large number of linens in each in addition to their weight.
Overall, the second pick up was successful, and we are looking forward to delivering the linens to shelters and places in need. Learning more about the hotels following our first delivery, how they operate, and becoming more comfortable with deliveries is very useful for our future pick-ups. Currently, we’re planning to organize a packaging event where officers and members come in groups to help transfer the linens from bags to boxes for easier transportation to shelters. This will all be done while remaining socially distanced and with proper PPE to help the spread of COVID-19.
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