Donations Brewing to Send Coffee to WHS Assistant Principal Serving in Army

Ahrre's Coffee Roastery teams up with Westfield High teacher to help Derrick Nelson and his troop in Afghanistan.

Ahree Moras of Ahree's Coffee Roastery in Westfield. Credit: Nicole Bitette
Ahree Moras of Ahree's Coffee Roastery in Westfield. Credit: Nicole Bitette

Ahrre’s Coffee Roastery and Westfield High School teacher Thomas Hornish have been soliciting donations to send coffee to a WHS assistant principal serving in the Middle East.

So far, they have already raised about $1,400. The coffee beans will go to WHS Assistant Principal Derrick Nelson, a sergeant first class in the U.S. Army and the rest of his troops.

Moras said that Hornish heard from Dr. Nelson that they were having trouble finding a good cup of coffee overseas, so Hornish contacted Ahree’s for the partnership after having done it prior.

Last fall, Westfield High School teacher Thomas Hornish raised nearly $1,000 to send coffee from Ahree’s to a Westfield High School and West Point graduate, U.S. Army Lt. Daniel McGrory, and in the spring they raised about $2,000 for First Lt. Kevin Devany, also a WHS graduate.

Ahrre’s Coffee Roastery of Westfield kicked in $100 to the donation once they found out $1,000 had been raised and then the following evening an anonymous donor donated another $300. The roaster will also add one pound for every 10 purchased. Ahrre Moras, owner of Ahrre’s, said if the total amount of donations reaches $2,000 by Friday, he will double his match to two pounds for every 10.

Donations will be accepted at Ahrre’s until Friday.

“At this point we’re looking at 104 pounds purchased and another 10 from me, “ Moras said. If the donations reach $2,000, then 178 pounds will be sent to the troops.

Moras said they are aiming to send the coffee by next Tuesday so that it will arrive before Christmas.



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