Local students raise $12,377 for Hurricane Harvey/Irma Relief

Students from Canyon Crest Academy, Torrey Pines High School, The Bishop’s School, Del Norte High School, Westview High School, Carmel Valley Middle School, and Pacific Trails Middle School who are members of the Alliance of Youth Leadership in the United States (AYLUS) raised $12,377 for children whose homes were flooded by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

In addition to online fundraising (at through the American Red Cross, the students also solicited for donations in front of the Carmel Mountain Ralphs on the weekends of Sept. 9 and Sept. 16, 2017. The students worked from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on each of those days. Each day had 10 shifts with at least four students and one adult working on each shift.

Nathan Yang, a 7th grader at Carmel Valley Middle School who lost his father several years ago, worked for more than six hours. Benjamin Guo, Jeffrey Guo, Nathan Guo, William Lai, and Mike Wang, worked on multiple shifts. Annie Bian, a 7th grader at Pacific Trails Middle School, joked that she received more “NOs” in one hour than all the “NOs” she got in her life. Annie was able to collect $60 of donations in one hour.

Many people who shopped at the Ralphs stored donated for Hurricane Harvey/Irma multiple times. A homeless man donated the only $2 he had. A Ralphs cashier donated $20. A father of three young children donated, who was looking for a job(s), donated $200. A high school student donated all of his lunch money of the week.

The following students participated in the fundraising drive: Milt Aubry, Xin (Mike) Bai, Marshall Brooker, Chang (Annie) Bian, Sarah Cheng, Jessica Fan, Leonard Fan, Anais Feller, Chloe Feller, Benjamin Guo, Jeffery Guo, Nathan Guo, David He, Aaron Huang, Enoch Huang, Anthony Jiang, Claire Jiang, William Lai, Andric Li, Chengming (Daniel) Li, Chengda (Samuel) Li, Eric Li, Raymond Li, Cynthia Liu, Andrew Peng, Elden Ren, Lucy Ren, Edison Shen, Jackson Shen, William Sun, Jessica Trost, Joshua Trost, Mike Wang, Tingxu Wang, Richard Wu, Andrew Xu, Jason Xu, Lynn Xu, Ricky Xu, Christopher Yang, Nathan Yang, Stephen Yang, Bonnie Yu, Amanda Zhang, Andrew Zhang, Ashley Zhang, Patrick Zhang, Zoe Zhang, Linda Zheng, Zhirui Zheng, Kelly Zhong, Emily Zhong, Alan Zhu, Brian Zhu, Samantha Zhu, Wanyi Zhu, and Zachary Zhu.

Stephen Yang, who is the National President of AYLUS, led a nationwide fundraising drive to help children in the Great Houston area. AYLUS raised a total of $21,073.27 for the Harvey/Irma Relief.