• Johan Shattuck

Friends School Students Make a Difference During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Updated: Oct 13, 2020

Needless to say, this has been a hard time for everybody. No matter if you’re a student or not, the coronavirus has affected everyday life in a way none of us could have ever predicted. However, two students in the community didn’t sit back and watch as quarantine passed by. Instead, they turned COVID-19 into an opportunity to make a difference.

These two students are Augie Wiggin ‘21 and Sam Burgunder ‘21, and they created “Rona Relief.” Augie and Sam invited the community to participate through an email sent to the whole school. The first thing seen on their website is the logo which proudly states “own the curve” at the top of the page. And not far under it in bright, optimistic letters, the phrase “let’s beat COVID” is emblazoned across the screen. Then, there are the shirts. There are 20 designs total for adults and even some for kids and babies as well. The bestseller, according to the founders, is the Maryland Crab Classic Tee, which twists hometown pride into a way to make a difference. The designs cover a wide array of styles and there is truly something for everyone. Even if not in the market for clothing, a customer could perhaps buy a home appliance like a mug or reusable tote bag, or even just a sticker that shows their support.

But these products aren’t for personal gain. On the website, it is stated that 100% of the proceeds will go to GEDCO cares, a local food bank that is very active in Baltimore and helps those who are in need of food. And in a time like this, that service is more important than ever because volunteers and donations are scarce.

“We both realized that at this moment there is a heightened need for food, especially in our community,” says Sam, one of the co-founders. “The hard thing about this is that we couldn’t just go out and volunteer. We brainstormed for a while and came up with the idea to sell shirts and other apparel to raise money for GEDCO cares. I think the thing that motivated us the most was that it was for others.”

‘Rona Relief has been extremely successful in achieving what it planned to do. In an update, it was stated that 1,000 dollars had been raised just days after the business started. And the sales haven’t stopped there, with more money being raised by the hour.

It’s incredible to see that in a time when one isn’t allowed to even see other people, two students took it upon themselves to do as much as they can to help those in need. Having the sensibility to not only look out for their own health and wellbeing, but for others in the community too is awe-inspiring and shows the true depth of character and motivation that Augie and Sam display. With time losing meaning and days going slowly, it’s definitely worth it to take a look at ‘Rona Relief.

Link to 'Rona Relief:


Cover Image from 'Rona Relief Website


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