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Youth in Pass Christian want to help victims

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PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) -

Youth in Pass Christian are gearing up to help those affected by Sandy. Gulf Coast Gives Back is a project organized by the youth group at First Baptist Church of Pass Christian.

Allison Fuentes said, "Right now we are trying to get a whole bunch of clothes, food, hygiene items anything like that for everybody."

This youth group is on a mission.

Brandon West said, "Well we've been walking around the neighborhood trying to self stuff, but now we are trying to get things people need and a lot of people from the church brought all of this in."

They are collecting as many items as they can to ship to areas hit hard by Sandy. Living though Katrina seven years ago, Alexandria Smith said the group is all too familiar with devastation and believes this is their calling."

Alexandria Smith said, "Our house was destroyed and we had nothing else. And our car was destroyed. And I know a lot of people came down from up north to help me during Katrina and everybody on the coast so it makes me feel like I'm giving back."

Smith added, "Shirts and shoes and everything anybody could need."

Those are the items donated so far, but the group said they will continue their collection until they can fill a large truck.

Fuentes said, "If we can get enough stuff to fit in a big truck we are all going to put it in a truck and send it up their."

West added, "I hope these people feel great because we felt great when they gave us all this stuff."

The group said to go along with their donations each youth member is going to write a personalized letter to the victims reminding them to keep faith.

Fuentes said, "They feel overjoyed. Like maybe they won't be the only ones and they can get through it like we did and they can recover after all the horrible stuff that's happened to them."

If you would like to donate items to Gulf Coast Gives Back you can call First Baptist Pass Christian at 228-238-4792.

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