Woman brings suitcases filled with supplies to help homeless

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Many will tell you it's better to pack light when traveling on a plane but this isn't your typical luggage. Caroline Nickerson with the National Cherry Blossom Princess Program brought two large bags.

Dozens of bags were given to some local organizations to help out the homeless population. (WJHG)

Those bags were packed with 140 pounds of more than 100 smaller bags filled with toothpaste, snacks and other items to help the homeless people in our area affected by Hurricane Michael.

"These bags were prepared by people in Washington D.C. to think about people in Bay County and homeless people in Bay County who were spurred by Hurricane Michael," said Nickerson.

Nickerson handed the bags over to the Bay County Family Services Agency and the Panama City Rescue Mission Tuesday.

"They may have water but they don't have a place to bathe, or place to cook. Just something to make them feel a little bit better really makes a difference," said Bay County Family Service Agency Director Susan Bravo.

"Sometimes we feel like folks have forgotten about us in the past. For now, for someone to actually check bags and fly in to help our individuals and our consumers in need here is just a good blessing," said Panama City Rescue Mission Chief Development Officer Shawnte Williams.

Nickerson said she also did this in honor of her grandparents.

"My step-grandfather, Kenneth Covy, passed in the aftermath of the storm. For me it was a way I felt I can honor him and my nana, Geraldine Covy, who taught me to love this county in the holidays and the nature of Bay County."

Nickerson said it may not be much but it can still help many in need.

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