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Local middle school collects thousands of pounds of donations to help Bahamas

Posted at 5:50 PM, Sep 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-13 19:22:15-04

BRADENTON, Fla. — Electa Lee Middle School in Manatee County is collecting donations to help the people of the Bahamas.

Seeing images of what Hurricane Dorian did in the Bahamas really bothered 13-year-old Yvette Flores.

"It was really devastating," said Flores.

She and her classmates at Electa Lee Middle School in Bradenton wanted to do something to help.

"It doesn’t matter what age you are, you can make a difference," said Flores.

They have made a difference. For nearly two weeks these Future Business Leaders of America students have been collecting donations for the people in the Bahamas.

"Thousands and thousands of pounds worth of food, clothes, baby items, sanitary items," said Richard Daenell, FBLA advisor and business education teacher at Electa Lee Middle School.

On Friday, they loaded up their first delivery.

"We’re going to drop it off to a warehouse here in Bradenton. They’re going to fly it over and put it on shallow water barges and take it to the outer islands where people haven’t received a whole lot of help yet," said Daenell.

But giving is only part of the lesson. Collecting and organizing the supplies has taught the students that in working together they can do anything.

"It doesn’t matter who you are or what background you are because every puzzle needs a different piece and when we all come together it makes groups like this that can change the world," said Peyton Womack, Electa Lee Middle School 8th grader.