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Aug 21, 2020

Charlotte Stant Named a ‘Brawny Giant’ for Charitable Works

By Lori Draz

A big congratulations to August’s Teen Scene author Charlotte Stant, of Fair Haven. The 17-year-old RFH rising senior was selected by the Brawny Paper Towel company as a “Brawny Giant” for her work in starting Compañeros de Comida to address the needs of severely marginalized Spanish speaking Red Bank families impacted by the COVID-19.

Stant was chosen from a field of 7,000 applicants across the country. She received a $3,000 award for her work and 900 paper towels.

The story started June 24 when, unbeknown to Stant, Lynette Silvestri, the mother of one of Stant’s friends from dance class, saw a TV ad for the Brawny Paper Towel’s “Giants Take Action” campaign and nominated her.

According to Katie Kolesky, senior director of brand building at Brawny, “The Brawny Giants Initiative celebrates and supports the strength demonstrated by individuals who are taking action during the pandemic.”

On July 22, Stant got an email notifying her that she was a finalist. Next came a call from the Brawny Giant campaign who asked her about her stats, mission and operational expenses.

On Aug. 3, she received a text message from the Joan ad agency telling her that she had been chosen as the winner out of the 7,000 nominees. In addition to the cash and paper towels, Stant’s image will be featured in Brawny’s campaigns for up to two years.

At the onset of the pandemic, Stant, Itzel Perez, Isabel Escalante and Risa Clay began working with The Greater Red Bank Women’s Initiative (GRBWI) Immigration Committee to help identify families who qualified for grant assistance from Lunch Break. During the process, they discovered a significant number of families in Red Bank were facing food insecurity as a result of COVID-19, and Compañeros de Comida was formed to fill those needs. Over the recent 16 weeks, 57,000 meals have been provided, and 34 families have achieved food security. Compañeros de Comida is run entirely by student-volunteers inspired to help, and the food is collected from the community, purchased through micro-donations on a GoFundMe site or by generous large monetary donations made to the Source Foundation at Red Bank Regional High School’s food initiative.