By Ryan Yousefi
On October 10, students and faculty staff members took part in the CSUSA Hurricane Ian Disaster Relief Drive. This donation drive successfully filled a freight truck headed to areas impacted by the storm with over 500 care packages, including food and essential items.
According to Donna Hoo, a Charter School Educator and Chairperson that helped oversee and execute the Hurricane Ian Disaster Relief Drive, students and faculty immediately sprung into action after witnessing the devastation and destruction caused by the September 28 storm, the fifth-strongest hurricane ever to make landfall in the United States.
“A list of needed items was shared via email to faculty, staff, and parents right away,” Hoo said. “Parents were able to drop off donations at the car loops or deliver inside the lobby.”
Hoo said the kindness shown by Charter School students toward their west coast peers isn’t the first time student government has jumped at the chance to help others, and it definitely won’t be the last.
“Coral Springs Charter students are considered very compassionate and generous,” Hoo said.
“During the year, our students plan events to benefit charitable organizations across Broward County. It’s not unusual to see them giving their time to those in need, even on their days off.”
She said that students are already coordinating an event that will further help Hurricane Ian victims.
“Student government is already planning another field trip during their Thanksgiving Break to help with the distribution of goods.
Coral Springs Charter School is no longer accepting donations but encourages those seeking to help to make a monetary donation in the school’s name to the Giving Tree Foundation.
With losses associated with Hurricane Ian estimated to be upwards of $75 billion, providing relief and aiding recovery for those left in the wake of the storm will be far from a short-term task.
To help in the efforts, the City of Coral Springs is collecting supplies and essential goods needed by up to 2,000 first responders and volunteers deployed from across the state in the wake of Hurricane Ian.
Click here to learn more about how you can buy supplies and donate directly online through the Amazon and Walmart websites.
- Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiple outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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