Villanova COVID-19 ‘Prevention Pantry’ Has Cleaning Supplies, Health Products Free to Students

Student Jasmine Mays, left, hands a COVID package to fellow student, Celine Derricks, at Villanova University. Image via Jose F. Moreno, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

A Villanova University senior known for putting her ideas into action wanted to do something to address the coronavirus crisis when she returned to the university this semester, writes Rita Giordano for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“I was concerned about our safety and our actual security on campus,” said Jasmine Mays, a psychology major and biology minor.

With help from friends and Villanova administrators, she raised money for Villanova’s COVID-19 Prevention Pantry.

The Pantry is a free service offering cleaning and health preservation products for any student who wants them.

It opened Aug. 22, with 100 kits of supplies offered first-come, first-served.

“Jasmine is a natural-born leader,” said Stephen Koch, Villanova’s assistant director of student involvement for leadership programs. “It’s been phenomenal she’s been able to do this. She’s really paid attention to what the campus needs are.”

Mays was a Girl Scout growing up, so service projects were her thing. She made blankets for babies, participated in Thanksgiving drives, volunteered to feed the homeless at the St. Francis Inn in Kensington.

At Villanova, she earned two scholarships, the merit-based Presidential Scholarship and a Gates Millennium Scholarship.

Read more about Jasmine Mays’ and her pandemic pantry here.

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