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Science Hill junior Aarushi Raj hosting Baby Supply Drive for Ronald McDonald House

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Science Hill junior Aarushi Raj completed her first public supply drive last year when she collected books for school-aged children through the United Way of East Tennessee Highlands. After a successful campaign, Raj is refocusing her efforts on something else important to her.  

The Science Hill junior and member of HOSA has spent time volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House. She now uses her power to collect items for babies and their families who are residing at the Ronald McDonald House.

“(The book drive last year) really showed me that I could make a defense about issues that I care about,” Raj said. “I learned that I could do it successfully if it is coordinated well. So that is why I am starting this school year off with an important topic to me.”

“I think as a society, we function best when we care about the needs of others and not just our own needs,” Raj continued. “I know everyone’s life has its own pressing concerns, but when we only care about ourselves, we don’t grow as a society.”

The supply drive started a few weeks ago and will run for over 100 more days. Raj is encouraging in-kind donations and monetary donations. She has already collected $900 in monetary donations, as well as numerous supplies. Students who donate one baby supply kit, which includes a new preemie or newborn size outfit, one pack of pacifiers and one baby bib will receive four hours of community service. 

“I think it’s already very difficult for a family to have a sick child,” Raj said. “So, I think they shouldn’t have to worry about certain things. I want to help these families and need and try to bring them comfort, however we can.”

This collection is close to Raj heart as she wants to be a physician, maybe even a pediatrician, when she grows up.

For more information about the supply drive, please contact Brittany Long at

Aarushi Raj’s Personal Statement for Supply Drive

“Babies are adorable, inquisitive, and adventurous. They are explorers of the world they live in. They seem to perceive so much of the world with their shining eyes and capture everyone’s affections. But they are also vulnerable. When a baby is sick, it is a particularly difficult time for the baby and his or her family. Sick children and their families need the help of their community, and the Ronald McDonald House aims to ensure that they receive this help. The Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home that provides comfort, support, and resources to families who travel far from home for the medical care their child needs. I am honored to be conducting a fundraiser for baby supplies with the Ronald McDonald House. I have always wanted to make a difference in the lives of those who are suffering and wish to pursue a career in medicine because of this. I also simply adore children; spending time with children has always given me the greatest delight. Helping sick children and their families is a cause dear to my heart, and I hope you can join me in supporting it.

Donations of brand-new baby clothes (which include clothes that are in preemie and newborn sizes), baby bottles, pacifiers, bibs, and other supplies are needed. Monetary donations are also welcome. Everything you give will make a difference in the welfare of sick children and their families. Let us work as a community to create the safe and positive environment that these brave children and their families need!”

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