Leo Club hosts sup­ply drive for Har­vey vic­tims in Texas

Stu­dents col­lect food and toi­letries

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - LOCAL NEWS - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @kutztownpatriot on Twit­ter

Kutz­town Area High School stu­dents in co­op­er­a­tion with the Leo Club have be­gun a sup­plies drive to as­sist Texas vic­tims of Hur­ri­cane Har­vey in the af­ter­math of the storms and flood­ing.

“The Texas re­lief drive came about as our KAHS stu­dents re­al­ized that they wanted to help out those who were im­pacted by the storms in Texas,” said Leo Club Ad­viser Josh Cham­bers, a Kutz­town High School lan­guage arts teacher.

On Fri­day, Sept. 8, stu­dents from Mrs. Ad­die Peters and Cham­bers’s classes brain­stormed re­lief ef­forts ideas, in­clud­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of trav­el­ing to the af­fected ar­eas dur­ing March’s spring break if lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions could help fund such an un­der­tak­ing.

“It was de­ter­mined that un­til safe stag­ing ar­eas could be es­tab­lished and flood wa­ters com­pletely re­cede, the most im­me­di­ate way to make an im­pact would be to uti­lize one of the many Hous­ton-based ap­peals for essen­tials like food and toi­letries.”

Dur­ing that day’s Leo Club meet­ing, Cham­bers’s club worked on the col­lec­tion fly­ers and boxes and by noon the school was plas­tered with no­tices about the drive.

“Even­tu­ally we will ex­pand the col­lec­tion list,” said Cham­bers. “We are look­ing to work with the Sal­va­tion Army to trans­port the do­nated goods south.”

Any item can be dropped off at the Kutz­town High School’s main of­fice. Col­lec­tion boxes are cur­rently sta­tioned in the main and au­di­to­rium lob­bies. Cham­bers said they an­tic­i­pate the col­lec­tion to last at least two weeks.

Do­na­tion re­quest list in­cludes canned ready-to-eat items with pull tops, pro­tein pouches, peanut but­ter, snacks, toi­letries, pa­per goods, di­a­pers, clean­ing sup­plies.

“The staff of KAHS is im­pressed with the stu­dents de­sire to aid peo­ple, es­pe­cially those that they have never met and prob­a­bly never will,” said Cham­bers. “On a per­sonal note, I am con­tin­u­ally amazed at the speed at which our kids are will­ing and able to step up and pay it for­ward, an­other rea­son I’ve en­joyed run­ning the Leo Club for the past 17 years. We will most as­suredly be work­ing on Florida as­sis­tance as soon as those needs are es­tab­lished.”

Cham­bers said ad­di­tional wanted item lists are com­ing but they wanted to get the ur­gent needs ap­peal out now. Col­lec­tion boxes are lo­cated in the high school au­di­to­rium and fish tank lob­bies.

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Kutz­town HS Leo Club mem­bers make col­lec­tion boxes for Har­vey vic­tims in Texas.

Kutz­town Area High School Leo Club is col­lect­ing sup­plies to as­sist Texas vic­tims of Hur­ri­cane Har­vey. On Sept. 8 dur­ing the Leo Club meet­ing, the club worked on the col­lec­tion fly­ers and boxes and by noon the school was plas­tered with no­tices about the drive.

Kutz­town Area High School Leo Club worked on the col­lec­tion boxes to help res­i­dents of Texas af­ter storm dam­age and flood­ing.

Kutz­town Area High School Leo Club mem­bers work on the col­lec­tion fly­ers.

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