Chamberlain baseball program collecting donations for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico
Over the summer, Chamberlain baseball coach Jason Smith visited Puerto Rico with his fiance. Smith said he fell in love with the island and its beauty.
That’s why it was so difficult to see pictures of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria came through last week.
“I had before and after pictures and it was just heartbreaking,” Smith said. “I have a lot of kids on the (baseball) team who are from Puerto Rico. And I teach psychology and U.S. history and I could tell that it was having an effect on the kids. So I asked myself, 'What can we do?' ”
On Saturday night, Smith had the idea to collect donations for Puerto Rico residents. Items like water, canned goods, clothes and shoes, toiletries, diapers, powdered formula, baby wipes, bleach, hand sanitizers, batteries and flashlights are accepted.
Chamberlain, located at 9401 North Boulevard in Tampa, is one donation site. Steinbrenner High, at 5575 W Lutz Lake Fern Road, in western Hillsborough is another. Smith hopes an eastern Hillsborough school will also step up. Donations will be collected until 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7.