Carver Students Strive to Bring Holiday Cheer to Orphanage

Photo courtesy Annie Chui Carver Student Council President Alex Chui shows off a donation of personal essentials from Trader Joe’s.
Photo courtesy Annie Chui
Carver Student Council President Alex Chui shows off a donation of personal essentials from Trader Joe’s.

This holiday season, Carver Elementary School students are collecting the basics in personal care to donate to the children and teens who live at Maryvale Orphanage.
The school is accepting donations through Tuesday, Dec. 18, and then students will package them into gift baskets for the approximately 70 children living at Maryvale, which is located in Rosemead. Items being collected include body wash, bar soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and socks for young people ages 7 to 18. Gift cards that can be used to purchase such essentials also are being accepted.
The Carver Student Council chose to support Maryvale for this drive after the annual Carver Candy Drive, held in November to benefit the orphanage, 5th-grade teacher Stacy Travisano said. The council was delivering the candy from the drive and was touring the Maryvale facility.
“As it turns out, we asked them what their current needs were,” Travisano said in an email. “Their response was fast and furious: ‘We need basics.’ They asked us to imagine going to a sleepover. ‘What would you need? Want?’ They asked us to imagine not having a toothbrush or toothpaste, or warm socks for your feet.”
Council President Alex Chui kicked things off by contacting numerous businesses to ask them to donate to the cause. In response, Trader Joe’s hand-delivered a box of supplies to the school.
The public is encouraged to donate items, which can be dropped off at a box in Carver’s front office.

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