“DoSomething.org,” is an organization that uses a digital platform to encourage students across the country to support their communities with cause-related campaigns. After realizing just how many children are homeless and living in shelters with their families, Abani Ahmed, a senior at Division Avenue High School, along with the 50 other members of the organization’s Levittown chapter from Division Avenue and McArthur High School, wanted to “do something” to bring smiles to the faces of children.
After finding out about The INN online, the group chose to participate in the “Bubble Breaks” campaign, where members got together to create bubble blowing kits for young shelter guests at the Edna Moran INN. After fundraising to purchase materials, the group participated in an event where they assembled 146 kits with homemade bubble solution, bubble wants and a small disc to hold the liquid. The kit bags were decorated by group members. After the materials were purchased, the group was also able to make a monetary donation of $750 to The INN, from their original fundraiser. “When I was growing up, I loved playing with bubbles,” Abani said. “When I found out that blowing bubbles helps reduce stress by using breathing techniques, it was obvious to me that every kid should have a chance to play with bubbles, especially after going through these difficult times.” Although Abani and the group most likely will never be able to meet the children who receive the kits, she is thrilled they will be able to enjoy them. “When I imagine the children receiving this gift and having fun, it makes me smile. I am so proud and glad to be a part of something that brings joy to others.”