GVSU Laker Store donates more than $2,550 from mask sales to Student Support Fund

Student wearing a mask.
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The GVSU Laker Store is donating proceeds from mask sales to the Student Support Fund. To date, $2,551.72 has been donated to the fund.

The Student Support Fund, administered by Financial Aid, provides funding to GVSU students who face extreme financial circumstances from situations like accidents, illness, loss of employment, loss of other income or support, or death of a family member. 

Tony Glaab, manager of the Allendale Laker Store, said his team decided early on they wanted to contribute to a fund that would quickly go to students in need.

"We started selling masks online in the summer and we actually sold out while we were still in pre-order," said Glaab. "Initially we just ordered plain white masks and then we started to hear from customers that they wanted Grand Valley printed masks."

Glaab said popular selections include black masks with a GVSU logo, gray masks with the Athletics GV in blue on it and tie-dye masks.

"I think as students, faculty and staff started getting used to wearing masks they became a fashion accessory," he said.

The Laker Stores will continue to sell masks as long as there is a need, Glaab said, and proceeds will continue to go to the Student Support Fund.

"We just wanted to support the GVSU community," said Glaab. "We are selling something people need right now, and we wanted to help students who need it most right now."