Orange Beach community rallies for school’s Ida relief efforts


The Orange Beach Middle and High School PTO organized a relief effort for Comeback Coolers, an organization that helped area residents after Hurricane Sally. Within a few days, over 300 coolers were decorated and $6,000 donated by the community.

Residents young and old arrived at the Orange Beach Recreation Center Tuesday, Aug. 31 to decorate the coolers with art and inspirational messages and loaded them with drinks and needed supplies. Additional coolers were decorated by Orange Beach Elementary and Orange Beach Middle and High School students.

The community donated more drinks than needed for the coolers. The Orange Beach Middle and High School PTO gave them to The Wharf Rats who are planning a mission to help those affected by Hurricane Ida. The extra supplies filled a 14-foot trailer.

In total, the Orange Beach Middle and High School PTO received 120 coolers donated by residents and were able to purchase 187 coolers with donations. Comeback Coolers will also receive a check for $6,000 to help them continue their mission.

Orange Beach residents delivered the coolers to Comeback Coolers’ warehouse in Ocean Springs, Miss. on Thursday, Sept. 2.

The Orange Beach Middle and High School PTO posted a thank you to the community on their Facebook page Wednesday night that read in part:

“We are so grateful for the overwhelming support our project has received from our little beach town. Always remember that kindness doesn’t just change other people’s lives, it also changes yours. Together we can change the world, one good deed at a time.”

Comeback Coolers is a nonprofit organization based in Ocean Springs, Miss. that delivers ice-packed coolers full of drinks and needed supplies to residents affected by natural disasters. For more information, visit