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St. Joseph High School helps out Bastrop High School

Sept. 12, 2011 at 4:12 a.m.

A few St. Joseph High School students pose outside the Victoria school. The school raised money to send Wal-Mart gift cards to Bastrop High School students and staff affected by the recent wildfires. Pictured are, front row, from left Harrison High, Tito Sandigo, Olivia Creager, Shayla Marshall, Alex Ferrell; middle row, Marian Howard, Chloe Velasco, Elizabeth High and Julia Dotter; and back row, Cody Janak and Chris Mason.

DONATION DROP OFF LOCATIONS

Donation items needed are pillows, blankets, canned goods, toiletries and cash donations. These can be dropped off at:

425 Mission Valley Acres Road in Mission Valley

206 Byron Lane, Victoria

Papillon Salon, 2904 N. Laurent St.

Starbucks at 7105 N. Navarro St.

South Texas Performance, 1308 SW Moody St.

94 HollyBrook Drive, Inez

15398 U.S. Highway 87 South in Placedo

1808 Sam Houston Drive, Victoria

The Victoria Professional Firefighters Association, Guardians of the Ribbon South Texas Chapter and Victoria volunteer fire departments are accepting donations at all five fire stations: 606 E. Goodwin Ave., 2708 Miori Lane, 4406 Lone Tree Road, 2007 Salem Road and 9508 Zac Lentz Parkway.

Donations may also be dropped off at Kamin Furniture, 5909 Northeast Zac Lentz Parkway and Victoria College's Allied Health and Public Services building, 2200 E. Red River St.

The Eagles Lodge in Port Lavaca, led by Chaplain Debra Leigh, is collecting bottled water, nonperishable food items, hygienic items, baby formula and diapers, blankets and clothing. Drop offs can be made at the lounge at state Highway 35 South. Call 361-482-7586 for more information.

First Baptist Church of Gonzales is accepting donations including blood pressure cuffs, diabetic supplies, diapers, baby food, nonperishable food, clothing (including underwear), toiletries trash bags, bottled water and gift cards to Walmart or H-E-B. Donations can be made at the church, 422 Saint Paul St. For more information, call 830-672-9595.

Tammy Brasher, owner of Harley's Restaurant, Harley's Liquor, and Yoakum Pawn and Jewelry, is accepting pillows, blankets, bottled water, nonperishable food items and toiletries. Donations can made at the business locations or to the Yoakum Chamber of Commerce at 105 Huck St. For more information, call Brasher at 361-798-0056.

Heidi Uresti Sanchez, "Operation Furry Friends of Fire" for the Bastrop Animal Shelter. The Bastrop shelter will share supplies with Austin Pets Alive & Austin Humane Society. Needed are Latex gloves, guaze, tape and peroxide. Drop-off sites Bible Book Store, Lone Star Animal Hospital, Crossroads Vet Clinic, Hillcrest Animal Hospital, Ashley Furniture, Duffy's Lawn & Garden, Don Jose on Airline, Fit Strong United (FSU), KIA Dealership, Gabriella's Accents, Ellie & Co. Hair Salon. For more information, call 361-894-1018.

St. Joseph High School students, faculty and staff banded together to help their peers at Bastrop High School whose homes and possessions were destroyed by wildfires.

On Sept. 6 Texas Association of Student Councils State President, Hayden Greer, contacted STJ Student Council sponsor, Debbie Horton, in an effort to join together in a state-wide initiative in light of the fires.

Along with Bastrop High School's principal, at least 10 teachers and many students lost their homes and all of their possessions. More than 500 homes and 25,000 acres burned in the Bastrop area.

When asked how St. Joseph High School could help, the Bastrop principal said $25 Walmart gift cards would be greatly appreciated.

Within three days, the students, faculty and staff of St. Joseph High School raised a significant amount of money to help their fellow students and educators in the Bastrop area.

As the gifts poured in toward this effort, teachers and administration were awed by the generosity of the Flyer family.

The students said that they were giving to people in need and asked that the total amount of their gift not be disclosed.

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