Unlikely shelter for tornado victims

Posted at 7:41 PM, Jan 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-13 07:37:01-05
CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Many homes in Cape Coral are still severely damaged. With trash outside, inside and unsafe living conditions, some people are still looking for places to stay.  
Elisa Collins and Katy O'Reilly work at Oasis Middle School where shelter is being provided for victims of the storm. "We're using the school as a shelter. Several teachers asked, 'Can we come up to the school ? Does anybody need any help ?" said Collins.
The school's efforts don't stop there. "We are collecting money and helping people replace the things that they lost themselves," Collins said. Even the students are extending the good will. "Kids will make posters, they'll go on our TV news and they'll do a commercial. They'll go out and solicit from people in the neighborhood and family members and that's the real rewarding part," said Collins. 
Those living in the damaged homes aren't the only ones in need of shelter. As a lover of dogs, Patricia Collins who owns Best Pets doggie daycare knows animals need a place to stay as well. "I was sitting their wondering what can I do to help people and I realized I have a special gift to give someone if they need it," Collins said. 
That gift is a place for people to bring their dogs. "I can offer free doggy day care or boarding to the victims of the tornado at best pets," said Collins. 
Patricia says with all the work that lies ahead for the victims, giving them a place to stay can help. "Right now, I think people have enough to worry about. People lost their homes their cars, everything they own and at least if their dogs stay here that's one less thing that they have to worry about," Collins said. 
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