PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - The Pascagoula School District is offering a helping hand to kids in Haiti. Teachers and students have been asked to donate money for soap, towels, and toothpaste.
The earthquake hits close to home for one Pascagoula high school student.
Tenth Grader Aurtammus McCann doesn't have much to singing about in his choir class. His mind is constantly on the horror and destruction in Haiti.
"When I saw it on TV that really just broke me down," McCann said.
McCann's grandparents and young cousins live in Haiti, and since the quake, his family hasn't heard from anyone.
"It is scary a little bit; I think they are alive and praying they are alive."
His prayers are being shared by kids in his district. The young people said they were shocked to see so many Haitians their age pulled from the quake's rubble.
"I felt bad for them because they are a very small county," student Madison Lloyd said.
"It reminded me of Hurricane Katrina; we faced pretty much the same event," John Devito said.
The students believe it's now their time to give and they're digging deep into their piggy banks for pennies, dimes, and dollars.
The goal is for faculty and students to fill up containers with at least $2,000 to help children in Haiti. With 19 schools in the district, the district has high hopes to surpass that number.
McCann feels the donations given and all the prayers sent up will help many loved ones lost in the ruins. He plans to travel to Haiti in the summer.
The Pascagoula School District will continue collecting donations until next month.