Florida Gateway College sends aid to Gulf Coast State College in Panama City

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LAKE CITY, Fla. (WCJB)-- A college in Lake City will be sending aid to the Panhandle after Hurricane Michael devastated the community last year.

Florida Gateway College held a food and supply drive to aid faculty, students, and staff at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City.

Florida Gateway College President Lawrence Barrett has colleagues at the state college in Panama City and he was told that they needed more supplies.

It has been six months since Hurricane Michael devastated The Panhandle which resulted in almost $40 million in damage to the Gulf Coast State College campus.

The donation drive is called "Small Colleges Helping Small Colleges."

Barrett says many students and staff members are still in temporary housing and while much-needed assistance arrived almost after the storm there are still some unmet human needs.

“We're helping our colleagues out and our other students across the state,” Barrett said. “They may not be our home but we consider them our family in the state college system."

FGC staff will be delivering over $5,000 worth of supplies to Gulf Coast State College.

They will be sending non-perishable food such as boxed macaroni and cheese and canned vegetables and they will be sending school supplies, cleaning supplies and bottled water.

“They’re going through a lot there right now,” Barrett said. “We tend to forget what’s still going on six months ago. If that ever happens to us, people would reach out and do the same to us.”

FGC staff members will be on their way to The Panhandle at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning.