BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The small community of Fayetteville, Tennessee is no stranger to natural disaster. In 2014, Lincoln County was devastated by a tornado and South Lincoln County Elementary School took a direct hit.
The people who live there are also no stranger to the outpouring of support and donations from strangers in the wake of disaster.
So, when Baton Rouge was overwhelmed by floodwaters, families in Fayetteville saw an opportunity to repay some of the kindness they received while rebuilding.
Students at Riverside Christian Academy, Ralph Askins Elementary, and several local churches collected supplies through the month of September. Students at RCA also mailed dozens of letters of support to flood victims.
A truck-bed full of backpacks, letter, papers, and other supplies were delivered to St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Charities on Monday. The group has been working with flood-affected school districts to collect and distribute supplies as part of their Uniforms for Kids drive.
Leslie Price, a mom in Fayetteville who happens to be the sister of WAFB reporter Elizabeth Vowell, said the students were eager to help.
"If they could only donate one pencil at a time, they brought it in. It was incredible to see," Price said. "This is tremendous," said St. Vincent de Paul executive director Michael Acaldo.
Acaldo said as recovery continues, there are still children in need of help.