Like many other high school students, 16-year-old Syosset High School sophomore Shreya M. was appalled by the effects of the coronavirus on her fellow Long Islanders. “Amidst the pandemic, several hundreds of people lost their jobs, or suffered wage cuts adding to the amount of families that are going hungry,” she said.” I wanted to help in any way I could think of to relieve the stress that a lot of non-profits are facing. “I have always loved hiking because it provides health and mental benefits for all age groups. I wanted to use hiking to support hunger and homelessness on Long Island.”
With enthusiastic support from her parents, family and close friends, Shreya reached out to The INN and created the event, “Hike for Hunger,” on July 5th in Bethpage Park. A total of 35 people participated in a 4-mile hike in small groups to encourage social distancing. Thanks to Shreya’s efforts, the group raised $1,618.40 and collected essential items for INN guests including non-perishable foods, diapers and toiletries. Shreya was amazed by the response from her community. “Without them, the event wouldn’t have been successful, and I can’t thank them enough.”
We are so grateful to Shreya and her family for recognizing the importance of getting involved, and for rallying their community in such a wonderful way.