by Jenny Li ’19
Harvard-Westlake Chinese Cultural Club (HWCCC) members Isabella Huang ‘19 and Angela Tan ‘19 sold donuts during break on Dec. 1 as a fundraising event for the kids at the Alpine Community Center.
“Every Dec. 12, the Alpine Community Center has a holiday event, and we donate a lot of toys for the local kids. The Middle School has to raise at least $500 to get the toys for the children,” HWCCC Community Service Co-Chair Helen Ho (Samantha ‘16) said.
The members exceeded their initial objective to sell 250 donuts, and though they planned to sell the pastries during break and third period, they were all quickly sold out before break was even over. The group ended up raising $600 rather than their goal of $500.
“Obviously, it was a success. They got more than the goal. . . and they ran out. So, they will make extra money,” Community and Work Service Coordinator Vicki Goddard ‘60, a volunteer during the event, said during the sale.
The club members seemed to have picked the best sweet to sell, as many students credited most of the sale’s success to specifically selling donuts.
“Donuts were a very popular food item that we were sure a lot of people would buy. . .It seemed like a very good opportunity to raise money to buy toys for the kids at Alpine,” HWCCC bake sale leader Angela Tan ‘19 said.
Students also seemed to appreciate the fundraising event.
“I think it’s an effective way to garner support for charity because everyone likes donuts, so it benefited both the Alpine Holiday Toy Giveaway and the hungry students,” Caity Baskin ‘19 said.