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Henry Zarrow International collecting donations for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico

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Posted at 5:44 PM, Oct 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-04 18:44:31-04

TULSA -- After devastation struck the island of Puerto Rico, thousands of residents found themselves without daily necessities in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and Irma.

This week, children at one local elementary school are doing what they can to help. 

Three teachers at the Henry Zarrow International school in Tulsa are from Puerto Rico and still have families living there. The horror has really hit close to home, and the Zarrow Community is doing all it can to help. 

“I don't know if anyone was preparing for the magnitude that it was,” Dania Santiago, an art teacher at Zarrow and native of Puerto Rico said.

Hurricane Maria came like a thief in the night, tearing communities a part.

“The ground is giving out from some of the houses and so I have pictures of houses in my moms neighborhood sliding down,” Santiago said.

The devastation is overwhelming for the teachers, but the school is turning the teacher's worry into hope by collecting donations.

“The PTA is going to pack them up and send them to the families over there in need,” Santiago said.

The students will pack up boxes and hopefully deliver necessities to areas hardest hit.

“It was a massive hurricane,” Santiago said. “Everything needs reconstruction. It's like Puerto Rico has closed down for reconstruction."

The Parent Teacher Association is making it all possible by paying $19 per box to ship. The number of boxes sent depends on the PTA budget allowance.

“It feels wonderful just to know that people have approached me,” Santiago said. “And to know that the families are constantly asking, ‘What can we do?’”

All the supplies will go directly to these teacher’s and their families villages. The school will collect items until Friday.

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