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KU DECA Does Good

This past weekend, the Klamath Union High School student group DECA joined in on the season of giving and raised funds for a good cause.

On Saturday, November 24th, 2018, about 20 DECA students split up their time between Coastal, Thunderbird, Albertsons, and Fred Meyer to fundraise money and goods for the victims of the disastrous Camp Fire in Paradise, California.

KU Advisor Nat Ellis stated, “The students had a meeting and said this was a cause they wanted to dedicate their time to.” With only a few days to get all the logistics planned, students rapidly organized. “They really came together fast, contacted the stores, made the signs and got the tables.” Said Ellis. “It was a huge group effort and that is what sets them apart”.

KU DECA raising funds for victims of Camp FireSenior and KU DECA member Krystina Dawes expressed “We actually planned this in three days. We partnered with the Klamath Caravan project and ended up raising over $3000.” Dawes who donated her time from 10 am to 4 pm at the local Albertsons said the personal stories of customers affected by the fires made her efforts that much more meaningful. “It was so exciting. It was a great feeling to have this fundraiser do so well.”

Adding to the experience was KU DECA Senior Jacob Schlottmann-McGonigle who shared “It was a big coordinating effort on everyone’s part. I was at Coastal from 10 am – 12 pm and was able to raise $270 in just two hours.” McGonigle is very grateful to have been a part of this giving event. “This was really rewarding. With the effort we made, it feels great to be able to help out”.

Additionally, the Friday before Thanksgiving break, the DECA students held a Miracle Minute at KU where monetary donations were taken. The total amount KU raised in just those 60 seconds was an astounding $432.

Just how much was KU DECA able to fundraise for the Paradise Camp Fire victims? A total of $3,178 in cash, with at an additional $300 of donated goods including water, pet food and more.

The Klamath Caravan organized by JD Davis will be in charge of distributing the funds and goods to the Camp Fire Victims later on in the week.

We are proud to call our DECA students KU Pelicans as they remind us that giving a little, goes a long way.

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