MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County’s youth is chipping in to help with the Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts.
Troy’s Overfield School children and their families donated a variety of items to collaborate with the Miami Valley School’s donation efforts this past week.
“(Miami Valley School) asked if we’d like to participate and they would take the stuff down and put it on the truck,” said educator and parent Beth Poronsky. “Our parent organization got involved and set up the bins and we all pulled together and partnered with them.”
Erin Johnston, an Overfield School parent, said the children and families of Overfield banded together to donate supplies in less than a day.
“We put it on our Facebook pages and the parents came through,” Poronsky said.
The school-wide Texas Disaster Relief Donations Drive brought in toothbrushes, new clothing, diapers and other items children and families would need during the clean-up for months to come.
Tipp City High School’s Varsity Club organized various fundraisers to donate $1,200 to the relief efforts.
Miami East Junior High School sixth-grade students Kynlee Patton and Jadyn Bair challenged their school to donate items. The girls had been discussing the hurricane on the way to a soccer game and wanted to do something to help. The donations will join a caravan of donations headed to eastern Texas this weekend.
“They came up with the idea of collecting stuff for those in Texas so we asked to put a box at the office at the junior high and collected items the last few days,” said teacher and Kynlee’s mother Doedee Trostel-Patton.
Tipp Monroe Community Services and Thrivent Financial also teamed up to fill a semi-truck with supplies to take down to Texas this weekend. Volunteers collected supplies this week and will deliver the truckload to the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.
A number of Piqua Central Intermediate School (PCIS) students have also gotten together to form Hometown Harvey Heroes, who will be collecting donated items for Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts. The students have already begun collecting items, including non-perishable food items and bottled water, and they will be teaming up with Upper Valley Community Church, located at 1400 Seidel Parkway in Piqua, to get the items to Texas.
“I think it is pretty special when you have nine 10-year-old kids who want to reach out to people they don’t know,” PCIS Principal Josh Kauffman said. “These kids have huge hearts.”
PCIS is located at 807 Nicklin Ave. in Piqua for those who wish to donate or send donations in with their students and kids. There is no end date to the collection drive yet. It is expected to last the next couple of weeks.
According to FEMA.gov, “The most effective way to support disaster survivors in their recovery is to donate money and time to trusted, reputable, voluntary or charitable organizations.
“Cash donations offer voluntary agencies and faith-based organizations the most flexibility to address urgently developing needs. With cash in hand, these organizations can obtain needed resources nearer to the disaster location. This inflow of cash also pumps money back into the local economy and helps local businesses recover faster.”
The American Red Cross is accepting donations online and by texting HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
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