Miles College students lend a helping hand after Hurricane Harvey, Irma
Students at Miles College offered a helping hand with relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. 24 students went to Texas after Hurricane Harvey and another 24 went to Florida after Hurricane Irma.
Two different cities shared a similar experience. Matisse Mann and Shantrell Sinclair went to Houston Texas.
"We got to see some of the flooded sites and we got to see some of the houses and they were destroyed. You know how you can see the water line on top of the cars," said Sinclair.
Ryan Rolax and Jamyah Bowden went to Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
"It would start pouring down rain. Lightning and then the sun will come out. Then it'll start raining once again," said Rolax.
On campus, students donated food, water, and other supplies to take with them.
"We set up a tent and we had basically like a flea market. We had all the materials out and it was free. We would give them a bag and take them in a circle and they could get things they need," said Sinclair.
"We needed more cleaning supplies. We had bleach, Lysol, but we only had a limited supply. We had people coming up to us asking for a lot of supplies that we didn't have," said Rolax.
Seeing their peers step up in this time of need really made a difference.
"It just helped us to realize that we have a lot of stuff that we're thankful for, and a lot of people take it for granted. But to see things like that, it makes us realize that we're really not struggling over here and we have a lot of things to be really thankful for," said Mann.
Students say they thank their President George T. French, Jr. for seeing a need and using resources for them to travel. Students hope they can do more projects like this in the future.