This semester, one student organization came together to find way to give back to the community and improve the lives of children fighting disease. Love Your Melon is an organization founded and run by college students on the mission of improving the lives of children battling cancer, and now there’s one on Montclair State University’s campus.
The Montclair State Love Your Melon Campus crew was founded by Lauren Woodward and Kaylee Caserta this semester; the crew includes students Stephanie Stansfield, Shannon Crehan, Alex Hasset, Kyle Buckley, Liz Flack, Sarah Sharp, Meg Baird and Amber Pawleski – but the organization is actively growing.
“Through its one for one program, a warm hat is given for every product purchased to a child who is going through cancer treatment,” said co-founder Caserta. “These hats make children feel comfortable and warm, giving them confidence after losing their hair due to chemotherapy.” The hats get donated to children battling cancer. The Love Your Melon organization will pick a local children’s hospital to go to once they reach their goal of 100 items sold.
Woodward saw the Love Your Melon campaign on different social media and fell in love with the idea of the organization. She then emailed the founder of the organization and followed the steps to bring Love Your Melon to our campus. “First, we needed to get a group of reliable people who would be interested in joining us,” said Caserta. “We created all the social media platforms and just started spreading the word. We need to sell 100 items in order for us to be an official club on our campus in the eyes of the Love Your Melon organization. Once we sell 100 items, the organization will send us 100 hats to bring to a children’s hospital to hand out to the kids.”
Currently, the Montclair Love Your Melon crew is not a chartered organization through the Student Government Association, but they intend on applying for charterment next semester so they have enough time to sell their quota of items.
“Unfortunately, right now we can only have 20 members but next year we have plans to expand,” said Caserta. “But people can still help us out by spreading the word about Love Your Melon and getting people to buy items/donate to this great cause.”
To stay in the loop with Love Your Melon on campus, follow their social media on Twitter @MontclairLYM, Instagram @MontclairLYMCrew and Facebook @Montclair State Love Your Melon Campus Crew.
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