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RAs need love too, like sweet treats for Valentine’s Day


By: Sydni Demby with SGJC Student News Network

“People shouldn’t have to feel bad on Valentine’s Day,” said Cydney Collins.

Morgan State students Shinaya Todd and Collins decided to bring love to their classmates this holiday.

The sophomore-junior duo baked and put together Valentine’s Day treat bags for their RAs (Resident Assistants) and the students in their Marble Hall Apartment building.

“It was a spur of the moment thing,” said Todd, a junior civil engineering major from Baltimore. “We made candy bags for mid-terms, so we thought why not do it for Valentine’s Day.”

Todd and Collins baked strawberry cupcakes, chocolate lollipops, and also made chocolate-covered strawberries. The two created enough treats that they decided to pass the rest out to the students in their court.


“We could eat the rest, but we thought it would be better to give them to people,” said Collins, a sophomore English major from, District Heights, Maryland.

Collins also said that she wanted to do something nice for people, specifically the single students: “It’s hard being single on Valentine’s Day, especially if your friends get something and you don’t.”

Furthermore, the 2-year-old coronavirus pandemic has increased isolation and loneliness, according to news accounts.

Todd joined in saying that she hopes they feel better getting this on Friday, three days before the Monday holiday: “It’s not much, but I’d feel great getting something small instead of nothing.”

Friday morning, Todd and Collins went around their building to pass out the treats. Most of the residents answered the door and gave mixed responses of “thank you,” and “these are cute.”

For the students that didn’t answer the door, Todd and Collins left the goodie bag hanging on the door with their names on the envelope. Todd and Collins hope that their acts of kindness made their classmates happy this holiday.

The writer is a student in the School of Global Journalism and Communication