Jerry Moran's box truck gets around.
It went to Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina, made numerous trips to New York and New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy, and is now headed to help flood-ravaged Clay County, West Virginia.
Moran, a local realtor for Mason Dixon Realty, has loaned the truck, which is used to help families move after they buy a home from him, numerous times.
This time he's helping the 50 member National Junior Honor Society at North East Middle School. Starting August 23 and continuing until September 1, that group is collecting school supplies for children impacted by the floods earlier in the summer.
Kelly Reed and Tammy Martin serve as advisors for NEMS NJHS. Martin attended college at West Virginia Wesleyan. "When you are there, you understand poverty," said Martin.
She's in contact with friends there and learned about the destruction and devastation. "We can't help them clean up. But our kids can help their kids successfully start the school year," said Martin. Until September 1, donations of paper, pencils, crayons, markers, binders, book bags, folders, tissues, Clorox wipes, composition books, and more are being collected. Items can be new or gently used.
Since the collection started before school began, Martin and Reed worked collecting. When school starts, the honor society members will be responsible for sorting and boxing the donations. They also worked on marketing and promoting the collection. On September 2, Reed and Martin will drive the truck to West Virginia.
"We want them (the students) to give back and know how to give back," said Reed.
"We are trying to build young men and women who want to serve. Without a community you don't have anything. We want to teach them to give back," said Martin.
The members of the National Junior Honor Society, all eighth graders, already have experienced volunteerism.
The NJHS has helped with the monthly food distribution in the North East area, they've done benefit walks for cancer causes, hosted bike, bake, and flower sales and more.