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Manatee County students donate nearly 10,000lbs of relief supplies to Bahamas

It's their third delivery to Dorian victims
Posted at 6:02 PM, Sep 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-27 18:06:38-04

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — Nearly 10,000 pounds of relief supplies will be heading to Freeport in the coming days for victims of Hurricane Dorian. And, it's all thanks to Electa Lee Middle School students.

The Lee Middle School Future Business Leaders of America loaded eight pallets of supplies, according to FBLA Adviser Richard Daenell.

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Daenell, who is also a business education teacher, says it couldn't have been done without the help of Palmetto Elementary, Manatee High School, Bayshore High FBLA, Southeast High FBLA, Home Depot on Cortez, Manatee Apparel Graphics and many others.

"Thank you for your help and support! Without you, we couldn’t do what we do!," Daenell said in an email.

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Students are dropping the supplies off on Saturday and they will be en route to Freeport in the coming days, thanks to Yellowfin Boats and the Haulin’ Grass Fishing Team.

The delivery isn't the first for the students, in fact it's the third!

Daenell says they will continue to help as long as possible.

"In a time when our country and communities are so divided, we hope that people can see how a group of middle school kids can put aside all differences, work together to achieve a goal and make our world a better place."