LYNN HAVEN, Fla.- Childcare is a great need in Bay County and since the storm, these daycare facilities are struggling to re-open.
However, Harvest Christian Academy in Lynn Haven is almost ready to open its doors, but they need the community’s help in collecting supplies for the classrooms.
“All of our books were destroyed in the storm. It’s just one of those things that weren’t salvageable and we had a lot of books,” said Harvest Worship Center Pastor, John Ramsey.
Pastor John Ramsey saw his entire church along with the school facility get blown to pieces in the storm, but he refuses to give up.
For four months, Ramsey and his staff have been preparing a temporary building that can accept up to 120 kids, but they can’t open as soon as they’d like.
“We’re hopefully opening any day if we can get past the red tape and get things to open up because we want to open up and the greatest need in Panama City right now is child care,” he said.
While they wait to pass inspections, they’re collecting books. New, old, used, anything… as long as it will fill the shelves.
The school serves newborns to K-4 kids and it’s not just the kids ready to get back to class, but also the teachers.
“Our school and church employees is about 20 people. That’s 20 people who want their jobs back and we’ve been closed since the day of the storm,” said Ramsey.
For now, Pastor Ramsey hopes the kindness of the community will help them rebuild in a small yet significant way.
To donate, you can drop off books or mail them to Harvest Worship center located at 3238 County Road 390.