By: Lanetra Bennett I WCTV Eyewitness News
October 4, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Last month, FSU and Leon County teamed up to send thousands of care packages to Hurricane Irma victims across Florida.
We do stories all the time about people in the community doing something to help others. But, most of the time, we don't get to see or hear from the people on the receiving end.
So, it was touching to hear from Beverly Poole, who lives in Middleburg, Florida near Jacksonville.
WCTV was there when students at FSU put care packages together.
More than 250 students and 100 staff volunteers assembled the packages at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.
They made 5,000 non-perishable food care packages and 2,000 bags of personal hygiene items.
Beverly Poole contacted Eyewitness News to tell us how grateful she was to get one.
She had a special message for the volunteers. She said, "Thank you for your efforts and I appreciate it very, very much. I want to thank the Salvation Army for bringing it over because I know they're the ones that hauled it. It makes a big difference to people that don't have much."
The items were donated through a collection drive and other contributors.
Poole says she's still waiting on FEMA assistance to repair her home.
Irma took out windows, some walls, and a part of her roof.
She lost all of her food. She says there was a note inside her care package that said the FSU community and Leon County were sending their love.
It makes her cry every time she thinks about it.