LRHS athletic trainers donated meals to first responders after Hurricane Ian

Summer Araujo – Mustangs Ahead

(Lakewood Ranch, FL) – Numerous LRHS clubs are collecting donations for people in need to help victims recover from Hurricane Ian.

The clubs leading this donation are the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)4S, Girls in White Coats, the health club HOSA, and Student Government Association (SGA).

Clubs are collecting crucial materials for families affected by Hurricane Ian.

Items such as bottled water, non-perishable food, clothing, baby formula, gift cards, flashlights, and bedding will be collected.

Donations are being collected in school through Thursday and taking the goods to school sites on Friday.

The donations can be dropped off to FCA adviser and LRHS science teacher Kelly Smith-Williams’s classroom, 577, or science teacher Moriah O’Connor’s classroom, 566.

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Smith-Williams said, “The students wanted to organize and contribute immediately after the storm and developed flyers and a plan to collect once we returned to school with the organizer Sydney Suppa.”

Suppa, LRHS’s athletic trainer, and the school’s student trainers delivered lunch Monday to East Manatee first responders.

“Very proud of these student athletic trainers for gathering supplies to support our local first responders for all their efforts in helping Hurricane Ian victims,” the athletic trainers reported on their  Instagram account.  “We took fresh meals, frozen meals, and snacks to East Manatee Fire Stations 3, 8, 11, and 12. With extra funds that were raised we were able to provide donations for Myakka City Elementary School.”

Clubs are asking all club members, students, and faculty to donate as these donations will be going to shelters, organizations assisting in relief, or families who have lost everything.

LRHS Principal Dustin Dahlquist said Mustangs are responding to the storm as well as anyone could expect

“We thank everyone for their patience and understanding as our school community recovers from the storm,” he said.