FCSO Helps Irma Victims in Fla. Keys with Donation Drive

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. - Residents in the Florida Keys left devastated by Hurricane Irma will have more help on the way from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

From now until Friday, deputies will collect items and monetary donations to fill their trailer before heading to Monroe County. Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith wants to help our neighbors in need.

"We just finished this one effort [Harvey], but how could we not do something again to help - I mean they're local folks."

Smith says he's communicating with the Monroe County Sheriff, and says about twenty deputies lost their homes.

"In Texas it was sheriffs helping sheriffs, and here again it's you know, a sheriff helping a sheriff."

Residents in Monroe County are accepting anything from food to donated funds.

"Water, cellphones, I mean these things that we aren't working for them that we take for granted," said Smith.

Buddy Ward's Seafood Manager Sarah Ward is one of the first monetary donors. She says Hurricane Irma could have struck Franklin County.

"It's just up to us to ban together and help each other out because we don't know if it could happen to any one of us," said Ward. 

"I know that if the roles were reversed that they would do for us," said Smith.

Anyone who'd like to donate items, can drop them off at Riverfront Park from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you're not able to drop off donated items, a deputy will come by your residence to pick it up. Call the office at 850-670-8500.

To also help deputies in the Florida Keys, write a check out to the 'Monroe County Sheriff's Office'.

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