Ava Crawley ('25)

Hospital Support Club

Hospital Support Club is a community service club at East that has a primary focus on supporting nearby hospitals including CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) and Virtua. The advisor for this club is Ms. Peifer and there are three dedicated board members. Angelina Li (‘23) and Erin Kang (‘23) are both Co-Presidents, and Thanh Tran is the Vice President. Hospital Support Club hosts several fundraisers and activities for East students to make gifts for patients as well as gifts for healthcare workers to show appreciation. This club holds a lot of events, allowing so many East students to make connections with patients. Last year the Hospital Support held several pretzel sales and this year they plan on adding bake sales and crocheting. Currently, the club is not doing activities at the hospital to avoid exposing patients to any germs and illnesses, however they hope to do even more events outside of the hospital that will help both the patients and healthcare workers. Hospital Support is a welcoming club that gives students the opportunity to help others.

Q&A with Angelina Li (‘23), Erin Kang (‘23), and Thanh Tran (‘23)

Q: In what ways does your club give back to the community?
A: “It’s kind of our way to show appreciation to our hospital staff and support for the patients as well. We planned this in our freshman year not knowing COVID was going to hit and after it is even more important to show our appreciation,”-Thanh Tran (‘23)

Q: Why do you feel East needed this club?
A: “There are no community service clubs that are focusing just on hospitals and . . . [this club offers] some of the most diverse and unique community service opportunities,”-Angelina Li (‘23)

Q: How much does it mean to you to organize this club?
A: “It’s very meaningful how much our club has grown, really getting to see the
feedback from everyone is awesome,”-Angelina Li (‘23)

Q: What events are you planning for the year?
A: “We have a crocheting event planned with the crocheting club and we are going to make beanies or scarves for the children at Virtua and we also have a really cool idea planned in the later months that we are going to decorate tote bags to give to the staff at the hospitals,”-Angelina Li (‘23)

Q: How have your events impacted the community in prior years?
A: “We did a lot of virtual events. We had to adapt a lot. We did a virtual holiday concert with EMC [East Musicians on Call], and we ended up sharing it with the elderly. We also did a children’s book reading with the writing club and we recorded a lot of books for them, and we just had a response from the Virtua representative, and they said they loved it,”-Erin Kang (‘23)

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