TROY —Students from Troy Christian and Troy High School and Junior High are making a big difference in the lives of those who are affected by the historic flooding in South Carolina from the aftermath of last week’s hurricane.
The cargo area of a large RV was stuffed full of new pillows, blankets, water, food and daily supplies to benefit the flood victims.
Troy High School teacher Scot Brewer said his students came through “in a big, big way” by donating food, water and basic necessities. Brewer, along with Brian Stephey, Gene Steinke, Billy Joe Emerick began the drive down to central South Carolina Thursday night and will arrive on Friday morning with the hundreds of pounds of donations.
“I wanted to get down there and help so I thought we may as well get some stuff. We put it out on the announcements and then the kids…the kids just were awesome,” Brewer shared Thursday. “They showed up the last two mornings. Between us and the junior high and Troy Christian, we got a lot of stuff going down there.”
Brewer’s mother Clarice Francis helped collect donations dropped off by the public at Hobart Arena parking lot on Thursday afternoon.
“We’ve got pillows, toiletries, water and diapers and clothes and a Ninja blender — someone is going to luck out,” she said.”We are so proud of our kids. It feels so good to give and I think everybody needs to experience that once in their life. The kids really stepped up. They brought a lot of good stuff in.”
Francis said she was touched by the kindness of the Troy community as she met people as they donated items Thursday afternoon.
“The lady that was just here, she was in Marsh and checking out and somebody had all this stuff. So she asked what they were doing because she didn’t hear about it. So she stopped and got cleaning supplies, like plastic gloves and masks,” Francis shared.
The supplies will benefit the community of Columbia, South Carolina where Troy High School alumni Ryan Brewer’s lives and owns a fence business. Brewer’s business has been shut down due to the flooding, but he still has employees out in the community volunteering with the clean-up efforts, Francis said.
Scot Brewer said his brother’s community received more than 26 inches of rain in one day and dams were starting to breech.
“(Ryan’s) friends were in the attic of their house and waited two hours for the fire department to come and cut a hole in the roof of their house to get them out — the water just came up so fast,” Francis shared. “The schools are closed, but the kids and the football team are out volunteering. It’s an amazing community down there.”
Troy Junior High School students also participated, donating a truckload of items for those whose household items were destroyed by flood waters. Meijer of Troy also donated boxes of paper towels and water.
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