Local baby formula collection drive for Hurricane Harvey victims

By: Lanetra Bennett I WCTV Eyewitness News
September 1, 2017

QUINCY, Fla. (WCTV) -- Gadsden County native Shaia Simmons is collecting baby formula to help families impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

The goal is to fill the back of her SUV with 200 cans of formula to drive home to Houston.

Simmons plans to leave for Houston Monday. Her husband, Gadsden County native Willie R. Simmons, is the head football coach for Prairie View A&M University. His players will help distribute the supplies to families.

The couple is also accepting monetary contributions to help purchase baby formula. That goal is $5,000. As of Friday afternoon, they had collected about $1,000.

Simmons used donations to buy 15 cans of baby formula Friday. The cost was $247.

Tallahassee attorney Chuck Hobbs donated toward the cause. He said, "Race, religion, all of those things don't matter when people are suffering, when they have been put out of their homes, when they are struggling to find things to eat.

"Once I saw that Coach and Shaia Simmons were trying to do something here in the Tallahassee area, I knew that I wanted to be a part of that," Hobbs continued.

If you'd like to donate, call Mrs. Simmons at (850) 508-5688.

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