LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Teachers at Kerrick Elementary said the school supply drive for schools flooded in Louisiana has been very successful.
WHAS11 News highlighted the school’s efforts earlier this week. It collected enough donations to fill more than 30 boxes. Since each of the boxes would take around $60 to ship, the school was looking for help to offset the cost. That’s when retired teacher Barbara Hinton and her husband David Hinton stepped in to help. Barbara has subbed at Kerrick Elementary for the last five years. After she saw the story on Thursday, she knew she and her husband were the right people to help finish the project.
“It’s great to help out. We’re called to help. You know, sometimes you plan ways to help people, but to me, that’s not always the most helpful thing. Sometimes you just help people by jumping in and doing it,” Barbara Hinton said.
David called his friends at Louisville Chrysler, and the dealership lent the Hintons a new van to drive to Louisiana.
“They didn’t even hesitate. I called them and told them what we needed, and asked for their help. They said sure, come on down,” David Hinton said.
The Hintons and several staff members at Kerrick Elementary loaded all of the boxes into the van Saturday. The couple hit the road Saturday evening and should arrive in Denham Springs, Louisiana around 6:30 Sunday evening. That city is about a half hour from Baton Rouge, and was hit hard by the flooding. School was supposed to start August 4th, but it got pushed back to September 12th because the flooding was so bad.
“Our understanding is that they had eight feet of water go through these schools. So, it just literally took out everything,” David Hinton said. “We just felt like we had to help the kids complete this path.”
The couple will drop all of the boxes off at a warehouse in Denham Springs, and all of the supplies will go to help at least two schools.
“They’re going to set up the supplies and have kids go around and pick out what they’ll need,” Barbara Hinton said.
Even though this is a quick trip from them, the Hintons said they've made time to make it a fun one. They stopped by Graceland in Memphis and are making sure to take lots of pictures to remember this adventure.
“It’s been a fun trip, spontaneous. We saw a need, and we knew we could do it. So, we volunteered,” Barbara Hinton said. “It’s kind of fun because you know you sometimes get in this rut of the same old, same old every day. You get up, go to work, and do this you know, and this has been fun just to throw clothes into a bag and hop in a van and go.”