Southwest Local Schools stuff a bus with relief supplies to benefit Gatlinburg wildfire victims

Posted at 1:04 PM, Dec 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-09 13:04:22-05

HARRISON, Ohio -- One of the buses driving into the freshly reopened Gatlinburg, Tennessee, on Friday will be stuffed with donations from Southwest Local Schools. Junior high students have been filling the bus for days to help victims of the wildfires that ravaged the area.

"Paper towels, baby wipes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, all kinds of toiletries and stuff just to help people get through it," said Harrison seventh-grader Courtney Reckelhoff.

Seventh-grader Terrin Jackson added, "When I heard that Gatlinburg was burning, I felt pretty bad because that kind of hit close to home because we go there a lot."

Bus driver Nancy Whitney can't help but be emotional as she prepared to leave Friday morning.

"Parents did a great job with sharing love and kindness in this world, and here we are today - stuffed the bus!" Whitney said.