Clay County rushes help to Hurricane Ian victims

Published on October 20, 2022 at 1:02 pm
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More than 35,000 donated items are on their way from Clay County to the hurricane-ravaged people of Southwest Florida.

The Clay County Fair Association has collected 8,000 pounds of pet food, 350 bales of hay and $27,000 to buy supplies.

The donations were loaded into six box trucks and two tractor-trailers and sent to the Fort Myers area.

The Mercer County fair in Ohio also sent Clay County a tractor-trailer loaded with supplies.

The fair association says it is now trying to raise $7,000 to send 750 bales of hay to livestock owners who lost their hay and feed during Hurricane Ian. The association has partnered with Southwest Florida Horse Rescue to work with pet and livestock owners, not just horse owners.

The fair association is accepting only these items now:

  • Mud and rain boots.
  • New socks.
  • New T-shirts (plain work shirts).
  • New tank tops.
  • Pet food for dogs, cats, birds and livestock.

Drop-off hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Clay County Fair Office. Look for the log cabin with a giant flag at 2493 State Road 16 West in Green Cove Springs.