Local residents continue their outpouring of sympathy and help for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

In a Blue Springs High School classroom Friday morning, about a dozen students were assembling and sealing simple hygiene kits: soap, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, bandages, and an emery board rolled up in a washcloth and towel, then tucked into a Ziplock bag.

“It’s easy,” said senior Victory Kerr.

Mary Horner is a teacher’s aide in Kelsey Weisberger’s special education class. Horner learned that Woods Chapel United Methodist Church was gathering goods headed for Texas or Florida, she wanted to help, and Weisberger also embraced the idea.

“Our goal is 100, and we are already up to 150 with supplies,” Weisberger said. They’ll get the kits to the church, and the church will get them south.

Other hurricane relief efforts at the school have included a collection at a recent football game.

David Lockett is a senior looking forward to college next year. He agreed that it’s good to be able to help people in need. He made a couple of kits and then jumped in, as the teachers said he tends to do, assisting and guiding others.

The students have enjoyed a bonus, too. They got on the school’s Wildcat TV, and their friends have been talking about it.

“This has been … great for them to make these and contribute,” Weisberger said.