Mandarin High School group collects donations for victims of 2017 hurricanes

They wanted to give back to those affected by the 2017 hurricanes

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The images are engrained in our minds. Flooding, wind damage, people still without power in Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and Maria ravaged the island more than two months ago.

 

"It's something as humans that we should want to help people," said 15-year-old Caitlin Aylesbury.

 

Caitlin Aylesbury is 15 years old. She is one of about 30 students at Mandarin High School who are in the group Stangs4Change. It's a club that started about a month ago. They've collected these hygiene products to send to people in Puerto Rico.

 

"A lot of people are donating food and water, but we feel like not enough people are donating every day necessities like toothpaste and toothbrushes," said Aylesbury

 

It started as a class project, but the students didn't think that was enough.

 

"People in Puerto Rico are in dire need of help," said Saabris Jaamal.

 

They held a car wash and raised about $300. They say this is just the beginning.

 

"We're working with other schools in the area to collect more supplies to keep sending off," said 15-year-old Zamaria Eady.

 

Zamaria Eady is in charge of the group's social media pages. They're using their Twitter and Instagram pages to help get the word out about their club and about their fundraisers.

 

"We didn't believe we could achieve these things that we achieved here. We did not think that we would have the access to all of these supplies and access to all these outlets and sources," said Eady.

 

The students believe that their helping will inspire more people to give.

 

"Starting now in high school, we're already doing projects and helping out, as we grow up and become adults, we're just going to go bigger and help out more, and then all our peers around us will see we're doing these projects and they'll want to join us," said 14-year-old Naya Haddad.

 

"Even if you're young, you can do anything. you just have to put your mind to it. and something like this, you may not know how to do, but you learn. You can make a difference in the world," said Jaamal.

 

The students have also created a Thanksgiving basket that went to a family in their community who needed it.

If you would like to donate to the Stangs4Change, you can drop off a donation at Mandarin High School starting Monday, November 27.

You can follow their Twitter here and Instagram here. 

 

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