Collegiate High School student organizes Hurricane Harvey donation through Senior Capstone Project

Collegiate Student organizes Hurricane Harvey relief donations

NICEVILLE, FL- Collegiate High School senior Ashlyn Rhea is collecting medical supplies to send to the victims of Hurricane Harvey as a part of her Senior Capstone Project. 

The Collegiate High Capstone Project requires students to complete at least 15 work hours within their intended field of study. Rhea aspires to be a surgeon, so she decided her project would be within the medical field. 

“A portion of Capstone has to include service to others,” Rhea explains. “I was stressing out about this because I couldn’t think of what I wanted to do. I even talked to our assistant principal about it. She told me that I shouldn’t worry, and something will come along soon. The next day Hurricane Harvey hit.” 

Rhea said she knew what the service aspect of her project would be as soon as she saw the devastation from Hurricane Harvey.

When she was only five years old, Rhea and her family traveled to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to help families after Hurricane Katrina. The Rhea family continued to visit and donate to these families for years following the natural disaster.

Years later, the Rhea family home was destroyed in a fire. Although the family lost all of their belongings within the home, they persevered. After this catastrophic event, the family created the nonprofit Blessings For, an organization dedicated to responding to immediate needs of those that suffer loss in emergency situations.  

“Helping people was part of growing up,” Rhea says. “I didn’t even think twice about it.”

Rhea has set up multiple boxes for donations throughout the Northwest Florida State College campus, including a location at Collegiate High School and in the Raider Café.

Additional donation locations can be found through the community at Tiffany’s Boutique, Eagle’s Nest, Bluewater Fitness, Discovery Learning Academy, Fitness U.S of Niceville and French Quarter Grill.

Rhea is collecting the following items: peroxide, first aid ointment, Band-Aids, Advil, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, baby powder, hand sanitizer, shampoo, conditioner, wet wipes, Clorox wipes, flashlights, batteries, towels, feminine products, diapers and soap. 

Donations should be made by Friday, September 8, 2017.

For more information about Rhea’s project or to donate to the cause, please contact Collegiate High School’s Staff Assistant Mary Jane Robertson at (850)-729-4949 or robertsm@nwfsc.edu.