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St. James High collects supplies for flood victims

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MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) - Students and faculty from one local high school are collecting supplies for flooding victims in Andrews, and the response from the community is going way beyond expectations. 

Most of the students and teachers at St. James High School, like many others, were affected by recent flooding. They didn't want to stand by as they saw the devastation friends and colleagues are continue to deal with in other counties. 

They have spent the last week collecting money and items from across the country.  Friday, three different classrooms were filled with items going to families at three different Georgetown county schools. 

 "They're still having to live their normal life," explained teacher Beth Cox. "Go to work, go to school, take care of their family. Some of them still aren't able to stay in their houses. They're living with family members, they're living in hotels. I know I've heard of students living in Myrtle Beach and driving back and forth to Carvers Bay." 

Those boxes stacked to the ceiling in the school were loaded onto trucks Friday, to be delivered to Rosemary Middle, Carvers Bay High , and Andrews Primary Schools. 

Faculty and 25 of the students who have spent a majority of the week stacking, loading and taping up boxes full of water, food, paper products, and more, will make the trip. Teachers want students to see the impact of what their time and energy will make, and who it will be helping. 

 What started as an idea between three teachers has become almost a phenomenon shared by word of mouth and social media. People from across the country have contacted administrators and donated money. 

They're calling it "Fill the Bus". Cox, one of the teachers in charge said they hoped they would get enough donations through the course of the week to fill one school bus. Supplies poured in so rapidly from students and people across the community that getting it all to Georgetown will take a bus and another 26 foot transport truck. 

"The nonperishable items. I think that's very crucial for these families, and paper products, and toiletries. That's what we need more of." 
Collections continue, and any person who wants to donate has all weekend to go out get items. 

Someone will be st St. James High School all day Sunday to collect supplies and the group will head to Georgetown County Monday morning. 

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