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Local groups start relief drive for victims of Hurricane Florence

‘I don’t have a home’: Life after Florence in Wilmington, N.C.

Wilmington, N.C., took a direct hit from the storm and rapidly rising waters left the city virtually cut off. We spoke with one resident who’s life has been upended by this disaster.
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Wilmington, N.C., took a direct hit from the storm and rapidly rising waters left the city virtually cut off. We spoke with one resident who’s life has been upended by this disaster.

Hurricane Florence bypassed South Florida, but we haven’t forgotten the need for relief after Hurricanes Irma and Maria impacted us and our neighbors in Puerto Rico.

With that in mind, the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition and DJ Nacho Productions teamed up to help people in North and South Carolina who are dealing with the mess Hurricane Florence left behind. Florence’s death toll is now at least 34.

The groups started collecting relief supplies Tuesday and plan to continue from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Arnold Hall, on the fairgrounds at 10901 SW 24th St. (Coral Way).

They are asking for volunteers to pitch in and for the following supplies, including: bottled water, non-perishable canned foods and dry milk, baby supplies, toiletries, feminine products and adult diapers.

Also: flashlights, batteries, hand sanitizers, new brooms and mops, battery radios, plastic tarps, mosquito repellent and paper and plastic utensils.

They are not asking for clothes or perishable food items.

“This community has experienced the effects of hurricanes and knows firsthand what it takes to recover and get back to normal. No community can do it alone,” said Eddie Cora, president of the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition in a release.

For more information, to volunteer or donate, call Felix Casado at 954-882-2413.

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