Clearfield community sends school supplies to students impacted by Hurricane Irma

Clearfield, Clearfield County, Pa. - Willie Null sees hundreds of lunch boxes everyday, as a cafeteria manager at Clearfield Elementary.However, the lunchboxes he unpacks at the Trinity Church in Clearfield have a much bigger purpose.

"I was sitting at work one day and i thought i needed to help someone in Florida. I just needed the help to do it," says Null. 

Null saw the damage left behind Hurricane Irma's path in Labelle Florida through the internet.. He's says a school there was flooded and many of it's students didn't have homes to return to when the flood waters cleared. Which is why he wanted to 'adopt a classroom.'

"There's 18 kids in this third grade class in Florida, and i just wanted to see them have a smile on their face again," says Null. 

Gathering school supplies became a knew he couldn't handle this project alone. Null decided to reach out to team up with the Clearfield Girl Scouts. 

The troop, their parents, and anonymous donors all pitched in to make sure each and every pencil pack was stuffed.  "We still have more stuff pouring in and parents are still asking what can they bring to help," says troop leader Courtney Huston.

All of the lunchboxes were third grader approved. Each scout had their favorite."Mine would have be the my little pony one," says girl scout Maddy Mackey, "because if a little girl was going into kindergarden that would really make her smile."

The girls will recieve two patches for the efforts: the hurricane patch and the school supplies patch. However,he troop leaders say it's not about the number of badges on their vests.

"We don't neeed thank yous. We get very grateful that we get to help out," adds Mackey.

Null says what started out as a thought has grown into something much more powerful. 'I imagined it to be something, i didn't imagine it to be this big and i'm so glad to see these girls come together to help out."

The packages will be shipped off to Fflorida on Wednesday where each third grade student will have new supplies in hand.


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