Bay Co. NAACP & Ministers to Provide Hurricane Relief for Fort Myers Residents

PANAMA CITY, Fla. -     The words 'love your neighbor' is more than a saying for two local organizations, it's a way of life.

    The Bay County NAACP and the Bay County Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance are providing disaster relief to Fort Myers residents by collecting items at the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church. 

    Leaders say the South Florida city needs more help recovering from Hurricane Irma.

    "The other cities have received a lot of attention but we want to be a blessing to our brothers and our sisters in Fort Myers," said Bay Co. NAACP President Dr. Rufus Wood.
    
    They also believe there's no such thing as giving too much.
    
    ""...Diapers, adult diapers, baby wipes, hand sanitizers....Some people have lost everything. Some people lost family heirlooms and things of that nature - irreplaceable, but they still have their life. So, we are there to help sustain life," said BCIMA Vice President James E. Russ. 

    The community will be take all types of donations, from clothes to toiletries that they will box up and load on a truck.

    "We have to be ready whenever these kinds of tragedies happen - disasters, because that's the mission of the church," said BCIMA President Dr. Russell Wright.

    "We are showing our beloved back to the people because we never know, who's going to have to come and help us," added Volunteer, Thelma Faison.

    Anyone who'd like to donate can drop items off at the church on 719 East 13th Court, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Saturday.

    The groups are expected to deliver the items this coming Monday.
    
    Here are the essential items:
    Non-perishable foods
    Water
    Blankets
    Pillows
    Portable phone chargers
    Paper plates
    Paper cups
    Plastic wear
    Napkins
    Paper towels
    Feminine intimate items
    Diapers
    Baby food & formula
    Clothing
    Shoes
    Candles
    Flashlights
    Batteries


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