Southwest Florida still desperate for supplies

Published on November 1, 2022 at 3:46 pm
TOPSHOT - People clear debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers Beach, Florida on September 30, 2022. - Forecasters expect Hurricane Ian to cause life-threatening storm surges in the Carolinas on Friday after unleashing devastation in Florida, where it left a yet unknown number of dead in its wake. After weakening across Florida, Ian regained its Category 1 status in the Atlantic Ocean and was headed toward the Carolinas, the US National Hurricane Center said Friday. (Photo by Giorgio VIERA / AFP) (Photo by GIORGIO VIERA/AFP via Getty Images)

They’re calling it a “flash donation drive” — the flash mob version of collecting donations for victims of Hurricane Ian.

From now through Sunday, the Clay County Fair Association will collect donations for St. James City and Pine Island, two areas that sustained severe damage from the hurricane.

A few neighborhoods there still have no water or power more than a month later, and the United Cajun Navy of Florida appealed for help.

Already, the fair association has shipped more than 40,000 items for people and pets in Southwest Florida, along with 22,500 pounds of pet and livestock food, 1,200 bales of hay and $33,500 worth of supplies.

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The latest donation drive is limited to adult diapers, paper towels, toilet paper, deoderant, shampoo, bath and hand soap, new canned goods, bleach, new towel sets, toothpaste and toothbrushes, and items on this Amazon list.

Donations also can be made at Paypal.

Drop-off hours are anytime through Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Clay County Fair Office, 2493 State Road 16 W. in Green Cove Springs. Look for the log cabin with the giant U.S. flag and pig/cow statues.

For more information, call 904-284-1615 or email