As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc, affecting lives and livelihoods, many people/organizations across the U.S. are doing what they can to make a difference in these trying times. Colors4Change, a nonprofit organization in Naperville, Illinois, founded by Indian American student Anaisa Acharya, is among those stepping up to help.
On a normal day, Colors4Change collects gently used art supplies for underserved facilities like schools, hospitals, orphanages, etc. But these are not normal circumstances, so the organization, too, has shifted gears to accommodate the current situation. Their main focus now is to collect essential items for those in need, and monetary donations to purchase food and supplies for local organizations and hospitals.
“We are collecting canned and non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, toiletries, blankets etc. for homeless shelters, hospitals and those affected by the shutdown,” Acharya, also the CEO of the organization, told India-West. “So far, we have collected more than 500 lbs. of supplies and over $1500 in monetary donations. We have also organized a run raiser this weekend where a few teens have signed up to run half marathon and have people from their circle of influence pledge monetary donations.”
Picture Source: Anaisa Acharya