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Shreveport high school students help victims of Harvey

Some of the Southwood donations already collected for Harvey victims Some of the Southwood donations already collected for Harvey victims
Donations pour in to Southwood High School (Source: Brandy Walsworth) Donations pour in to Southwood High School (Source: Brandy Walsworth)
Donations are piling up at Southwood High School, where students are collecting them to take down to Southeast Texas. (Source: Brandy Walsworth) Donations are piling up at Southwood High School, where students are collecting them to take down to Southeast Texas. (Source: Brandy Walsworth)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Students at a Shreveport high school are working to help as many flood victims in southeast Texas as they can.

Southwood High School students are collecting donations for victims of Harvey.

A group of JROTC cadets and cheerleaders will head down to southeast Texas next week to help any way they can.

Last year the school sent high schoolers to Denham Springs, LA after it flooded. They gave thousands of donations then.

"It was an emotional site, a lot of people shed tears," said Quenton Smith, a senior at Southwood. 

The Salvation Army reached out to Southwood to see if they could help Texas this year.

"These kids are always on the spot, always ready to roll and help out in any way they can. This weekend is Labor Day weekend. A lot of these kids have canceled plans, they're going to be here all day Saturday, Sunday, Monday, helping with the collection of materials," said Southwood High School Principal Jeff Roberts.

Quenton Smith knows from personal experience what it's like for those dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey because he had to evacuate from New Orleans 12 years ago because of Hurricane Katrina.

"I've been through a hurricane situation, having to migrate to different areas, but I haven't been outside it, and seen other people go through the same following situations. So it was a different experience," said Smith.

"I'm a positive person, so I don't think of badness, I think of the people who have helped me and try and transition that same positive energy back towards them. But, it does bring back bad memories of when I had to leave and go to Alexandria with my relatives." 

His classmates are also answering the call. 

"If I can help them in any way other than just bringing them stuff, they might need someone to talk to also," said Tia Carthen, a junior at Southwood who will go to Texas.

"I want to get everybody something," said Amberlyn Walsworth, a junior at Southwood who is also going to Texas.

They are in need of donations and volunteers to help sort those donations.

They're posting a schedule for volunteers on their Facebook page and the school's website.

Anyone who wants to make a donation can give food and baby items.

Donations can be dropped off at the school at 9000 Walker Road in Shreveport, through the holiday weekend at these times:

  • Friday, September 1 - 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 2 - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 3 - 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, September 4 - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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