EA students donate for hurricane relief

Published 1:42 pm Thursday, August 31, 2017

With sweat burrowing on their brows, Escambia Academy students unloaded load after load of donations at Atmore City Hall for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Hood’s Discount Home Center, which has stores in Foley, Theodore and Gulfport, Miss., is collecting donations for those displaced from the floodwaters in Houston, Texas. Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast earlier this week, causing several to be misplaced from their homes. The donated items will go to a church in Magnolia, which is an hour west of Houston.

EA’s Student Government Association and Beta Club got together and decided to get donations together.

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Donations that were brought to city call included almost 100 cases of water — 18 of which were donated by Winn-Dixie — diapers, toiletries, toilet paper and other needed everyday items.

“They never cease to amaze me,” EA English Teacher Bobbi Sasser said. “It could’ve been us.”

Sasser said all of the items EA brought into city hall on Aug. 31 were donated.

“A message was sent out school wide,” she said. “This morning (Thurs., Aug. 31), they felt like they wanted to do more.”
Sasser said the students called local businesses and asked for matching funds. In fact, the businesses donated enough to where they didn’t have to spend the money they had raised already. She said that money will go toward other projects.

SGA President Jackson Breckenridge gave kudos to the ladies at Winn-Dixie for their help.

“We cleaned Winn-Dixie out of water,” Breckenridge said.

SGA Vice President Emma Caroline Sasser said it feels good to be able to give to those in need.

“To be able to help others is a blessing,” she said.

Hurricane Harvey and what the storm has done to those in its path brought up memories for Bobbi Sasser when Hurricane Ivan hit Atmore.

“We know that in the blink of an eye, we’d be in the same situation,” Sasser said. “It’s really good to see them moved enough and that their heart is in this.”

The donated items will leave city hall tomorrow at 3 p.m.


The following donations are being accepted:

• Bottled water

• Non-perishable food items

• Cleaning supplies, including bleach, mold remover, Clorox wipes, buckets, mops, etc.

• Paper products including toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates and cutlery

• Hygiene products including soap, shampoo, toothpaste and brushes and deodorant, feminine products, etc.

• Diapers and baby items, including for both children and the elderly

• Pet food and supplies, including bowls, litter, collars, etc.

• Batters and flashlights

• Gift cards to Walmart, Sam’s, etc.

• Medicine and other first-aid supply

For more information, contact Lindsey at 985-227-1097 or hoodsmarketing@gmail.com.