Students at Wilson High step up to support the Philippines

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – Students at Wilson High School in Florence are showing their support for those people who have been devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

The student group known as the Civinettes are made up of approximately 100 girls, and for the past few weeks they've been collecting funds to send to the Philippines.

So far the group has collected $500 with the help of school bake sale.

Monday they'll be gathering together toiletry kits to also send over. They'll have a box set up at the front of the high school to encourage students and members of the public to donate small toiletry items.

According to the groups supervisor, Laura Anne Hofler, who is also an English Teacher with the school, some of the members of the group have direct ties to the Philippines.

"We have several students who are personally affected. They grew up in the Philippines or they have family there or were born there. So it really brought this far away tragedy closer to home," explained Hofler.

Hofler said some of the girls' direct connection with the disaster is the reason they decided on helping, "So we tossed around ideas like Operation Christmas Child and different things like that. We thought this would be something that would personally mean a lot to some of our own students."

Hofler added the toiletry kits will be dropped off with a Filipino church in the area that's going to be making a trip to the Philippines.

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