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Valentine’s Day: Candy Grams 

By: Ellina Koo

Valentine’s Day is near the corner! Are you having trouble deciding what to get for your friends and teachers? Well if you are looking for an affordable, but cute and simple treat to give, you should hurry up and order candygrams before they run out. The Valentine’s Day candygrams are only for a limited time from January 23rd to February 10th so, don’t miss out on this one time opportunity. All you have to do is scan the QR Code and order your candygrams virtually. It’s not only quick and convenient, but it’s also for a good cause. All funds will be donated towards the Erase Racism Foundation, which is a Long-Island based non-profit organization that aims to build diversity and advance racial inequity. Since the year of 2015, they have held multiple education and press conferences for individuals across New York State. The members of the Hills East One World Youth Club specifically chose to focus on collecting funds towards racism and discrimination in honor of this month being Black History Month. Additionally, I was excited to have had the opportunity to interview Co-President, Rhea Shah of One World, to discuss the motives behind hosting this years Valentine’s Day candy grams event. 

What was One World Youth Club’s purpose to hosting this event through candy grams? 

“As we all know, Valentine’s Day and Black History Month are both prevalent events of the month of February. So, we thought it would be the perfect idea to mix the two events through selling candy grams to the Hills East community and donating proceeds to the Erase Racism Foundation. Overall, we wanted to do something good for the community that we can donate to, which led us to hosting this event.”

Why did One World decide to partner up with the Erase Racism Foundation?

“Because Black History Month is one of the more prevalent cultural events throughout the years and considering the President of this foundation is a Black woman herself, One World wanted to include more diversity through our community. In addition, we thought that this was a good organization to donate to and we think they deserve all the funds we collect through this event.”

Why did you choose the Erase Racism Foundation out of all the other multiple organizations in New York?

“It was a locally-based organization and I personally chose this organization myself, being that they do a lot for the Black community and have raised lots of money and awareness for the past couple of years.”  

What description would you provide Erase Racism Foundation if you were to describe it to someone in simple terms? 

“The Erase Racism Foundation is a very welcoming organization that addresses its goals clearly and you can take action by donating and contributing to the foundation in order to make the world a better place. They are using various ways to do so as well.” 

Let’s show support for the One World Youth Club in helping to celebrate Black History Month with love and kindness! Go follow One World Youth Club’s Instagram @hse_oneworld for future events!