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AMVETS collecting hurricane relief supplies

October 31, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Hurricane Michael ripped through the Florida Panhandle, unleashing devastation to the area and leaving countless people without a home, power or much in the way of emergency supplies, which have likely been depleted.

The Ladies Auxiliary at AMVETS Post 81, along with Ladies 562 Moose 1297 Tice Shore club, are helping those in Panama City by donating essentials to those in need.

The organization would like to take donations of necessities to families in Panama City, and has arranged for a tractor trailer to deliver the donations received.

Cindy Maners 3rd vice Community service officer for AMVETS, said she is hoping people in the community step up to the plate and fill the truck.

"So far, we have the gas for the truck, a connection in Panama City to distribute it once we get there, and I'm starting to get donations from people at the post," Maners said. "We're looking for help from the community. We don't want an empty truck."

Items needed for donation include batteries, flashlights, cell phone battery packs (charged), lanterns, candles, lighters, small grills, propane burners, first-aid kits, feminine products, baby diapers, baby wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, depends and cases of water.

Cash donations are being accepted to purchase these items, as are donations of canned and other non-perishable food items.

"They have nothing to cook with. The gas stations are down and they have camping equipment. Most people are homesteading, staying where they're at and living on what they have," Maners said.

All donations can be delivered to AMVETS Post 81 1910 N. Tamiami Trail, or the Mooe Lodge 1297, 11161 Palm Beach Blvd. in Fort Myers, anytime until Nov. 8.

All donations made to the Moose will be brought to the trailer at the AMVETS post.

For more, call Maners at 645-9590.



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