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Waldorf Watch: Sophomore Steps up to Support Long Islanders During COVID-19 Crisis

The current COVID-19 crisis has negatively impacted a large number of Long Islanders due to job loss and business closings. Many residents of our island have found themselves in need of financial support, and one 10th grade student has answered the call. In order to help those people, Benett Maley started a campaign to collect unused gift cards and donate them to organizations that serve people in need. As part of his planning, He has reached out to a number of local organizations that expressed an interest in collecting donated gift cards for use in their support of residents in need. These organizations include homeless shelters and veteran support organizations.

According to CNBC in an article published earlier this year,  $3 billion in unspent gift cards go to waste every year. Even a fraction of that amount of money can be helpful during a hard time so Benett asks that everyone please consider donating any gift cards you have lying around. According to Benett, “Gift cards to supermarkets and general retailers are ideal, but almost any gift card would be greatly appreciated. Even partially used cards or store credit issued in the form of gift cards are helpful. No amount is too small.”

If you have any questions about how to donate gift cards, feel free to contact Benett at benettmaley@gmail.com.

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