Do you have extra hurricane supplies you can spare? Organizations throughout South Florida are collecting non-perishable food, clothing, blankets and supplies for babies and pets for victims of Hurricane Irma, particularly those in the Florida Keys.
Here’s a sampling of some local groups who are holding collection drives for Irma victims. For a complete list of How To Help, click here.
▪ The Junior Orange Bowl is holding a supplies drive to help Keys residents affected by Hurricane Irma. They're looking to collect food, clothing, toiletries, diapers and baby wipes, generators, fans, sunscreen, pet food, small mattresses, pillows and covers. Items can be dropped off at the Junior Orange Bowl office, 770 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 102 in Coral Gables.
▪ The Pérez Art Museum Miami has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade and Feeding South Florida to collect supplies for those affected by Hurricane Irma. Those who donate will be admitted to the museum for free through Sept. 26. The Boys & Girls Clubs are collecting water, baby products, hygiene items, clothes and bug spray. Feeding South Florida is collecting non-perishable foods.
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▪ Goodwill Industries has partnered with the Red Cross to collect goods for Hurricane Irma victims. In turn, Goodwill will provide Red Cross with disaster recovery certificates to be distributed to those impacted by the storm so they can shop for what they need in Goodwill stores. Goodwill is accepting donations for clothing, shoes, books, media, toys, towels, linens, electronics and household goods. Goodwill is also accepting monetary donations. To donate, go to www.goodwillsouthflorida.org
▪ Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 1140 NW 62nd St., has teamed with local churches and elected officials to collect paper goods, toiletries, cleaning products, brushes, gloves, canned goods, bottled water, nonperishable food, first-aid kits, flash lights, batteries and gloves to be transported to Key West on Monday, Oct. 2. Among those collecting goods: Mount Calvary, Peaceful Zion Missionary Baptist Church, New Birth Baptist Church, Antioch Mission Baptist Church of Miami Gardens, New Providence Missionary Baptist Church, Second Baptist Missionary Baptist Church. For more information, contact Brother Audre Joseph at Mount Calvary at 305-759-8226 or Tangela Sears at 786-286-1104 or Cassandra Holmes at 786-626-8550.
▪ Cabo Flats is collecting toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, baby wipes, baby formula and non-perishable goods at all of its locations through Sept. 24. Those wearing a Cartel Baggers T-Shirt will also have 10 percent of their check donated to relief efforts.
▪ HistoryMiami Museum has partnered with the United Way of Miami-Dade and will donate the full cost of admission to Operation Helping Hands, a disaster relief fund that supports nonprofits, through Oct. 1.
▪ The City of Coral Gables has started a disaster relief collection drive to help those in the Keys left homeless by Hurricane Irma. Through Sept. 29, people can donate clothes, towels, linens and hygiene products at the Public Safety Building at 2801 Salzedo St., Coral Gables. Food is not being accepted.