Late last year, communities in East Tennessee were devastated by wildfires that swept through the Smoky Mountain region, causing loss of life, injury, and significant damage. In response to those in need, the Student Government Association of Saints Peter and Paul High School immediately organized a collection drive to help those in Tennessee displaced from their homes and jobs as winter set in and the Christmas season neared.
Donated goods, including clothing, bedding, hygienic products, food, and pet care items poured in to SSPP. With the help of H & M Bay, a shipping company out of Federalsburg, the SSPP community was able to help fill two tractor trailers that arrived at a shelter in Knoxville, Tennessee, prior to Christmas.
SGA Advisor and Social Studies teacher Chad Dean, who was married in Gatlinburg, Tennessee at a chapel that was destroyed by the recent fires, was ecstatic at the response as his classroom overflowed with more than 150 containers of donations. Mr. Dean and his family spent their Christmas break volunteering in the Smoky Mountains, assisting with relief and cleanup efforts there.