By Leanne Signoriello – Features Editor
Throughout August and early September, parts of the United States have seen mass destruction between Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria. The after effects of these natural disasters have left thousands of people without power, shelter, food, and their possessions. Senior communication major Armando Machado Jr. was inspired to lead an initiative on campus to help aid those in need.
In an effort to raise money for the cause, Machado teamed up with All Hands Volunteer, a non-profit organization that raises funds for natural disaster relief. In September, Machado reached out to a number of Lasell’s clubs and organizations, as well as the sports teams on campus, to take part in his effort to raise money.
Athletes from cross country, women’s volleyball, women’s soccer, field hockey, baseball, men’s lacrosse, men’s rugby, and women’s rugby all contributed to Machado’s relief efforts, raising nearly $1,300 in total so far.
The women’s volleyball team has a personal connection with one of the areas that was affected by tragedy. This past summer, the women’s volleyball team traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico to kick off their season. When team captains, senior Caitlyn Garcia and junior Olivia Addington, were contacted by Machado about his initiative, it was an offer they couldn’t refuse. “We made so many friends on our trip and when we heard about the extent of the damage we were so worried. As soon as we got the email about donations we jumped at the chance to help,” said Addington.
The hurricane relief efforts are still ongoing and donations are still being accepted through http://www.hands.org.