GCC Students Raise Their Spoons In Support Of Teens With Cancer

PR 071 – April 3, 2013

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Memebersof ACT & SGA at the Bandana Fundraiser
Pictured from left to right: Adult Center for Transition students Chris Siberski, Brittany Moran, Joey Salema and Kristen Bruynell. Manning the “Bandana Days” table are ACT student Dorian Davis and GCC Student Government Association President Korey Jefferies.
Deptford Twp. – The Adult Center for Transition and Student Government Association at Gloucester County College hosted a“Bandana Days” fundraiser on behalf of critically-ill teens.

In conjunction with the Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation, members of the GCC ACT and SGA “banded together” as they sold handmade bandanas, bracelets and ice cream for $3 to help provide comfort items at pediatric facilities nationwide.

In the span of a few hours, college students raised their spoons and accessorized with style to generate nearly $850 in support of ill peers. They had their choice of either a bracelet or bandana, both of which were available in more than 30 colors and six specialty prints.

This service-learning project was brought to GCC Director of Student Life Cheryl McBride and SGA President Korey Jeffries by ACT educators Joyce Feder and Jackie Abrams.

“When teens are admitted into the hospital, they are given a pillow and a bag of entertainment items,” said Feder. “Each of the packages given out is valued at $150.”

“We like to find various causes to support and to donate to during the year,” said Jefferies, 19, of Gloucester City. “The SGA works closely with Cheryl McBride to select charities that benefit members of our community.”
Since 2002, the Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation has touched the lives of nearly 60,000 individuals in more than 90 hospitals in 36 states. It has developed 58 recreational lounges on medical campuses and continues to create care packages unique to the needs of teens. Included in every kit is a bandana pillow to make their stay at the hospital a little more comfortable.

GCC’s 250-acre campus is located at 1400 Tanyard Road in Deptford, right off Exit 56 of Route 55.