Virginia Beach schools collect donations for storm victims

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – After a request on social media, donations started filling up cabinets at Landstown Middle School. It was all for students who lost much of what they had to damaging flood water from Hurricane Matthew.

“We have drawers and drawers and drawers full of school supplies,” said Todd Fritz, Guidance Department Chair.

He said the school talked to affected students and learned they needed food, too. Now the school community is collecting shelves of snacks at the guidance office. 22 students were affected by the storm. Most lived in the Waypoint at Lynnhaven community and are now staying in hotels, Fritz said.

Eighth grader Nyasia Hawkins has been out of her home for weeks.

“Squishing into a small hotel room with four people is like kind of rough,” she said.

Hawkins is grateful for the help of the school community and hopeful things will get better. This month hasn’t been easy.

“When I got there and saw it, like the house, it was like really bad, and I just got really upset,” she said.

“There’s nothing I can do that’s going to overcome that, but we can provide stability for them,” Fritz said.

At nearby Green Run Elementary, students are collecting coins for flood victims. Signs with encouraging messages line the halls.

“I think that’s very kind because a lot of people lost their homes,” said fourth grader Arryana Griffith, who was helping with the coin drive, along with fifth graders Makailah Crayton and Pena Iosefa.

“Sooner or later, everybody will get a home and they’ll have shelter and they’ll have food and then everything will be alright,” Crayton said.

Gift cards will be purchased for storm victims following the coin drive at Green Run Elementary, which runs through Friday. If you’re interested in donating items for school-aged children affected by the storm, call 757-263-2300.