Thirst Aid

Lugging in cases of water bottles, arms straining with the weight, students bring in donations for the Thirst Aid initiative in hope of helping those who have less than the basic necessities.

This drive comes at a time when there are still people struggling in the aftermath of the recent hurricanes.  Senior Mckenna Shook hopes to help the affected parts of the country by giving them the necessity of clean drinking water.

“Thirst Aid is a drive to raise awareness for the countries who were affected by recent natural disasters and are without clean, running water,” Shook said. “We are collecting water bottles so we can donate and help this country.”

Sophomore Parker O’Neal was the originator of the drive, the idea coming from wanting to help out as many people as possible who were affected by the August and September hurricanes.

“I thought of the drive after hearing how the vast majority of the population of Puerto Rico had no running water, and I wanted Key Club to make a difference,” O’Neal said.

Even though the school’s drives are smaller than those of churches and other organizations, Shook thinks that the amount of supplies they collect is still helpful and can make a difference in someone’s life.

“I feel like we are helping people and I think any drive is helpful,” Shook said. “We have gotten some participation from the students, but it’s hard because there are multiple drives going on at the same time as ours. High school might not be as big of an organization as a church but any drive helps.”

O’Neal, although proud of the amount of water the club has collected, wishes that the drive had brought in a bigger amount of students involved. With the teacher’s help supporting most of the drive, O’Neal had hoped more students would have known about and cared about the drive.

“Personally, I believe that the water collected from Thirst Aid will have a good impact, but not as big of an impact that I hoped for at first. The reason for this is high schoolers pretty much don’t care about things like Thirst Aid and are not willing to participate,” O’Neal said. “I’m pretty sure that the majority of the water we collected didn’t come from students, it came from teachers. I’m happy with the amount of water we collected, but it could have been more if we did more advertising and spread the word better.”

The support from students, other clubs, and teachers helps drives get more people involved and donating. With other drives going on around the school, Shook is grateful for anyone that promotes the drive and donates what they can.

“I think clubs can get more students involved by using their members. Members get the word out and can get their friends outside of the club to get involved,” Shook said. “I feel like we do get a lot of support from teachers because they love helping the community and them getting involved gets their students involved as well.”