Virginia Beach band programs come together to collect supplies for Florence recovery efforts

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – People far and wide are stepping up to help victims of Hurricane Florence.

Supplies from Virginia Beach arrived in North Carolina on Tuesday morning, a day after volunteers packed five tractor-trailers with badly-needed items. 

It’s not too late to help. You can still send supplies to one of two places in Virginia Beach — Princess Anne High or Bayside High. They are hoping to send at least two 28-foot trailers to help those in need.

“If Hurricane Florence had hit us, I would hope that other communities around the area would reach out and help us,” said Director of Bands Jonathan Duggan

Treating others as they would like to be treated is the goal for this local band program.

Duggan is helping to organize efforts to send supplies to Havelock high school in North Carolina.

Currently the school is being used as a shelter and is in need of more supplies

“We are looking for water, food that doesn’t require power to prepare any hygiene products,” said Duggan.

Donations have already started coming in, and these say they are proud to be a part of something bigger.

“Honestly I just want them to be able to feel like they are good, like they have stuff to eat clothing stuff like that so they don’t really have to say anything. Helping is the big thing,” said 12th grader Dasan Williams.

“You always have to care about other people no matter who they are, and you wouldn’t want anyone else to ignore you when you are down” said 11th grade band member Aryanna Rosario.

They say no matter what state, this is bigger than band

“We are family, so it’s just one big family just here to help,” Williams said. 

If you’d like to donate you have until 2 p.m. Friday afternoon to bring supplies to Bayside and noon Monday to Princess Anne. Mr. Duggan said they’ll hope to take their trailer and another full trailer to Havelock at 2:30 p.m. Monday afternoon.

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