Richmond Hill Middle School will be a collection site for water, baby formula, and diapers until Friday for Hurricane Harvey disaster relief. Items will be transported on Friday to Savannah for shipment to Texas for distribution for those hardest hit by the hurricane and subsequent flooding.
Monday morning students at Richmond Hill Middle School turned their thoughts to those students in Texas. With the events surrounding Hurricane Matthew so fresh in their minds, they wanted to do something to help fellow teenagers and families whose lives were being changed due to Hurricane Harvey.
Wilson Hursey, an eighth grade student at RHMS whose father serves in the National Guard, was especially excited about the opportunity to help others. “We were fortunate when Hurricane Matthew hit us. So many people reached out to help. We should pay it forward and help others. My dad may be one of the 14,000 National Guardsmen who is activated to go to Texas. The least my classmates and I can do is bring in water and baby diapers.”
“I feel bad for the people in Texas and what they are going through. I want to do something to help them out. Think of those poor babies without food.” Leah Flaherty is a sixth grade student who believes in giving to others.
What began as just water collection spread to diapers and formula as well as students began to see the needs in Texas grow. “We watch the news closely and see what is going on. Houses and stores are flooded. Everything is ruined. It is going to be a long time before normal is a word that describes Texas again.” Alivia Cox remarked, an eighth grade RHMS student.
To donate, please bring items to Richmond Hill Middle School on or before Friday. If you are unable to make it to school, items may be dropped off at KTM Sew Much Baggage which is located within the Richmond Hill city limits. If you would like to make a large donation, please call Christy White at 912.321.0867 to coordinate delivery.