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Students send relief supplies to Puerto Rico

Posted at 10:16 PM, Oct 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-06 22:16:34-04

Students, staff and parents at Royal Palm Academy in Naples filled a school bus full of relief supplies for Hurricane Maria victims.

"I'm very fortunate, we are all very fortunate, and down there, there are so many things they need help with," said 7th grader Caitlyn Rogers.

Hundreds of gallons of water, canned goods and diapers were among the items collected over a two day period.

"Somebody bought 5 generators, they wanted to remain anonymous.  We got a lot of help from the local community around here," said parent Adeline Henriquez.

The donations were shipped to Tampa Friday before being flown to Puerto Rico Monday.  This U.S. Territory is still reeling from the storm that struck nearly two weeks ago.

"We do have several teachers here who have extended family in Puerto Rico, and we were all waiting with them to hear that everyone was OK, and it took several days, and I know what that's like to wait, to know whether or not you have a loved one that is OK," said parent Jacqueline Balandra.

The Miami Marlins baseball club covered the cost of a U-Haul truck used to move the donations.