COLUMBIA — MU student Ally Troiano, 21, stood in line Friday afternoon at the U.S. Bank in the Student Center and watched the bank teller count the seven $100 bills that she and several other women raised for Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
For Troiano, a Boston-area native, the event became even more personal while she waited in anticipation for a phone call from her best friend, who was running in Monday's Boston Marathon. After her friend confirmed that she'd escaped with only a few scrapes, Troiano decided she needed to take action for her city.
After enlisting the help of several of her friends, the group decided they wanted to organize a bake sale to contribute to the nationwide relief efforts for the bombing's victims.
They raised a total of $700.44 Friday afternoon in Speakers Circle, and Troiano exceeded her goal of $500. She said she was surprised at the support she’s received from other students.
“I’ve cried twice,” Troiano said. “I’m so overwhelmed that people at Mizzou care about another part of the country.”
“As a Massachusetts citizen, you have some pride coming from Boston," she said. "I don’t know if was an adrenaline rush but I just feel like I needed to do something, anything."
Troiano’s roommate, Kelsey George, said she knew how important the cause was to Troiano and to Boston.
“I said, ‘If we’re gonna do this, we’re gonna do it big," George said.
After soliciting the help of others on campus through Facebook and Twitter, Troiano and her friends bought everything in bulk at Sam’s club to contribute such treats as cupcakes, cookies, rice krispie treats and chocolate covered strawberries to the table.
In addition, Troiano said the UM System's chief of staff, Robert Schwartz, will add to the donation on behalf of the system on Monday.
“It’s not about us anymore,” George said. “All of the sudden something happened and we needed each other.”
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