The Runnels Sr. Beta Club is teaming up with a local firefighter to help bring relief to
residents of the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.
Baton Rouge firefighter Jehu Poitier, originally from the Bahamas, is heading up a city-wide appeal for non-perishable supplies for Dorian victims, and the members of our Sr. Beta Club are pitching in to help by holding a supply drive at Runnels.
If you would like to make a donation, collection bins are located in junior and senior high English classrooms and the Elementary Office. The drive runs through Sept. 27.
Needed items include bottled water, canned soups, noodles, crackers, peanut butter, baby supplies and clothing, bedding, detergent, rain gear, heavy work gloves, flashlights, batteries, individual packages of wipes, paper towels, and tissues. (See more complete list below.)
Runnels Sr. Beta Club treasurer Jacob Schmidt, grade 10, and his family are already deeply involved in this effort. “Jacob has been looking for a way to help people in the Bahamas,” said his mom, Christy Schmidt. “Like so many others, we were flooded in 2016, so we understand what they’re going through. If we have the means to help out, even in a small way, it means the world to us.”
In addition to donating supplies, Jacob and his mom have volunteered to help Mr. Poitier sort and organize the items before he takes them to Miami for transport via shipping container to Abaco, one of the hardest hit islands in the Bahamas. Jacob also made labels for the collection bins at Runnels.
Jacob’s grandfather, Gene Jenkins, and his church also provided a helping hand. Mr. Jenkins, who serves on the Mission Committee at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church, shared the news about the relief effort at Runnels with his fellow committee members, and they voted to make a donation of $1,200 to the drive. The money will be used to purchase relief supplies to add to the collection.
The Sr. Beta officers for the 2019-2020 school year also include Abby Robbins, president; Ramsey Rogers, vice president; Meredith Taliaferro, secretary; and Rachel Hargrove, historian. Michele Stanfield is the club's sponsor.
HURRICANE DORIAN – RELIEF SUPPLIES NEEDED
Wipes (individual packages)
Disposable Diapers (assorted sizes)
Dry Cereal (assorted)
Medication/First Aid Kits
Over the Counter Meds
Drinking Water Treatments
Baby Cereal (assorted)
Hand Crank Can Openers
Small Portable Charcoal Grills