Three days after Hurricane Sandy ravaged her home state, Rutgers senior Henah Parikh headed to New Brunswick’s Busch Campus to help. A native of Branchburg, New Jersey, Parikh has received multiple donor-funded scholarships to help finance her education, and she was grateful not to have lost power after the storm. Buoyed by her own good fortune, she wanted to help others.
At the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center, one of multiple Rutgers facilities that had been set up as an emergency shelter for more than 800 people evacuated from Atlantic County, she turned her attention toward the increasingly restless children. One of them, an Atlantic City resident named Jonathan, was turning 5 that day. Parikh and senior Brooke Poat set up a face-painting booth and worked especially hard to cheer up Jonathan, who rewarded them with hug and a heart-melting smile.
Relief through scholarships
Many of Parikh’s peers have joined the relief effort, and many more have been directly affected by the hurricane. The majority of Rutgers students hail from New Jersey, and we are only now beginning to see the long term effects that this storm will have on our student body.
Some have lost belongings and their families have lost homes, while others lost critical hours of work to support their education. Requests to our emergency funds and scholarship funds will undoubtedly increase in the coming days and months. The economic toll of this unprecedented storm on Rutgers families will be substantial, and support has never been more critical. You can help our students by donating to any of our school’s scholarship funds or emergency relief funds.