HAS Hosts Shuffle for Service

This past Thursday, January 28, at 7:00 PM, the Humanitarian Aid Society (HAS), Lawrenceville’s umbrella club for community service, hosted a Shuffle for Service event.

This past Thursday, January 28, at 7:00 PM, the Humanitarian Aid Society (HAS), Lawrenceville’s umbrella club for community service, hosted a Shuffle for Service event. The event, a project devoted to showing appreciation toward health workers, allowed students to receive a one-time event credit. HAS members Danica Bajaj ’21, Annie Katz ’22, and Sneha Kondru ’22 led the event, which consisted of having students rotate between three breakout rooms either to write letters, to create posters, or to contribute to a virtual thank-you video. Over 70 Lawrentians attended the event.

Bajaj described the planning process, saying, “Thinking of virtual events is pretty difficult. During this time, because of [the current] health crisis, it made a lot of sense to help…healthcare workers, who are the least appreciated in this situation.” On how they selected the format, she explained, “We quickly realized we didn’t want to do physical letters because stamps and letters are a bit of a hassle. A padlet is more accessible and a lot of people can use it.”

Katz added, “In each room, we had music and speed dating questions to bring in a more social aspect, which we thought was much needed considering we’re all in isolation right now.”

Although the HAS members did not design the event with the thought of making it into a one-time event credit, Bajaj was happy that they were able to get the event approved as one: “Usually, one-time events are an hour and a half, but since this is compact and a lot is happening in an hour, we were able to get it approved…It’s been a really hard year to get a one-time event credit, [so] we hope that our event can help some students get that credit.”

Reflecting on the event, Katz said, “I want[ed] to make a meaningful impact. Healthcare workers are very underappreciated and [put] their lives on the line every day for our community. We just wanted to express our gratitude. I hope we were able to do that and have some fun too.”

Bajaj added, “I hope it’s productive on two fronts. First, healthcare workers deserve to receive the appreciation they deserve. I also think service is a good way to reflect what you’ve done to help this pandemic and to help students appreciate the people [who] are helping fight the pandemic. It’s been a difficult year and gratitude goes a long way.”

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