School opens free Store to give hope to Withlacoochee flood victims

Posted at 6:54 PM, Oct 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-11 18:54:16-04

60 students of the 600 kids the go Eastside Elementary are flood victims, and school administrators realized how much the kids and their families needed help.

Assistant Principal Mike Lastra said,"Mr. Finch and I started talking to kids and they said they still have water in their homes and they were trying to paddle to school." 

Principal Mary LeDoux said, "I really wanted to cry. You can hear, the Withlacoochee river has flooded, that it's up to the homes but when you see it, its a whole other thing." 

So they started gathering donations and items started pouring in. Everything from toys to canned good, diapers, blankets and cleaning supplies.

Elementary Assistant Mike Finch said, "Through a series of events, a church all the way up in Indiana heard about us and paid for a tractor trailer to deliver a half truck load of supplies."

Now the school has supplies for anyone who needs them, even if they don’t have kids at Eastside Elementary. These donations are free for anyone in the community that was affected by the hurricane.

People in need of supplies can stop by Eastside Elementary at 27151 Roper Rd, Brooksville, FL - M-F from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.