There are Still Many Ways to Help Neighbors in Our Community Affected by Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma was the largest hurricane in history to form over the Atlantic, and it has devastated residents in our Northeast Florida area. Many people in our local communities of Orange Park, Jacksonville, and St. Augustine are still affected by damage from this vicious and unprecedented storm. Many have been displaced due to flood damage caused by the storm surge, and some people are struggling with basic needs.
As we’ve all seen in the news, this natural disaster has brought out the worst and the best in people, and fortunately, we see so much good around Clay, Duval, and St. Johns counties as citizens work together to help their neighbors in need.
There are numerous ways to help those who need assistance in our community, and we’ve spotlighted a few ways to help below.
The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida is Collecting non-perishable foods, cleaning supplies, paper products and diapers. You can drop off any of these items to their downtown location at 140 N. Davis Street, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. or Sunday, 1 – 6 p.m.
Feeding Northeast Florida is providing the delivery of food and water across an eight-county service area here in North Florida. They are currently requesting monetary donations to help with the cost of distribution.
The Clay County Animal Care & Control was affected by flood damage as a result of Hurricane Irma and is requesting monetary donations through the Friends of Clay County Animals.
The Cummer Museum Garden was significantly impacted by the hurricane, which resulted in devastation to the historic Cummer Gardens. A fund has been established to help restore this important Jacksonville facility, and you can click here to donate.
St. John’s County offers Hurricane Irma Updates & Recovery Information and resources at: http://www.sjcfl.us/hurricane/index.htm.
Small business owners in our area affected by Hurricane Irma have been encouraged to contact the Small Business Development Center at University of North Florida for support by visiting: http://floridasbdc.org/services/business-continuation/disaster/.