Following the devastation of Hurricane Michael, St. Petersburg College sprang into action to lend a hand to communities affected by the hurricane. On Friday, October 19, more than 1,000 pounds of donations were loaded onto the Titan team bus which is heading to Tallahassee.
This relief supply drive is the result of a collaboration between Student Life, SPC Athletics, the Social and Behavioral Science Career and Academic Community, and the Center for Civic Engagement. The donations were collected at every St. Petersburg College Campus from Allstate to Tarpon Springs. The supplies included tarps, bottled water, non-perishable food, diapers, and hygiene supplies. They came by the car and cart load throughout the day. The supplies will be given to Tallahassee Community College at the Women’s Basketball Jamboree. From there the supplies will be distributed to the hardest hit communities in Northern Florida.
Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Center for Civic Engagement played a key role in organizing the donation drive. Student Life and Leadership pitched in to collect the supplies on each campus location. Faculty and staff brought the supplies to St. Petersburg Gibbs Campus, and helped load up the bus. Student athletes and athletics staff will unload the bus in Tallahassee.
Serving the community is a core value at St. Petersburg College. Students, faculty, and staff have volunteered at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic food pantry, and Habitat for Humanity. Last year they collected supplies for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. They brought their experience in organizing that supply drive, and their experiences in receiving aid after Hurricane Irma with them as they organized this donation drive.
“This is just the beginning,” said St. Petersburg College Athletic Director Davie Gill.
Hurricane Michael brought unprecedented devastation to North Florida. Gill noted that college faculty, staff, and students relied on help from others during last year’s Hurricane Irma, and that now it is the college community’s turn to help others. He hopes to organize a second donation drive for those affected by Hurricane Michael soon.
“It’s about people helping people,” Gill said.