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Hurricane relief efforts

Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 6:00 am

One young lady, four schools and lots of people were successful in collecting a truck load of items and over $1200 for hurricane victims in the south.

Lauryn Eberhart, a junior at Elsberry High School, organized three events to collect monetary donations, and with the help of her teacher, Kim Jones was able to get three other high school organizations in the area to also help collect. Clopton-Elsberry football homecoming, a hat day at Elsberry Schools and a toll road at the Elsberry four way netted over $800. Clopton Student Council, Silex Student Council and Troy FBLA members also collected money, hygiene items, book bags, shoes, clothing, cleaning supplies and cases of water at school events to donate.

Since the first hurricane hit this season numerous US cities and islands have been devastated by the force of Mother Nature. Last Wednesday, Eberhart and Jones, delivered the items and some funds to Racanelli’s Restaurant on Mid Rivers Mall Drive in St. Peters. Business owner Henry Arias and his family members here in the area are collecting items to ship back to their family and others in the storm ravaged area in Puerto Rico. Arias’ nephew Henry Robles not only works daily at the restaurant, but he is handling the numerous donations that have been coming in since the story aired on St. Louis TV station, Fox 2 News. Both men were very appreciative of the donations and have been working with government agencies to get all the items to those in need as quickly as possible.

EHS junior, Lauryn Eberhart stands with the truck load of items collected for hurricane victims.