News 13 & Gulf Coast State College Collect Items for Those Impacted by Florence

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - As Hurricane Florence makes landfall recovery efforts are already underway. Here at News 13 we are trying to do our part to help those affected by starting a supply drive. 

We partnered with Gulf Coast State College to collect items for those impacted by the storm. Hurricane Florence hits home for Gulf Coast State College President John Holdnak who has an aunt and uncle in their 80's living in Myrtle Beach.

"I talked to my aunt yesterday and she said no I think were good. They live about 5 miles from the coast but they live right next to a river," said Holdnak.

He hopes when he talks to them next, they've changed their mind and left.

"That rain drops 40 inches that river will be over the top of their house," said Holdnak.

For now it's about paying it forward and helping our fellow coastal states starting to feel the impact of Hurricane Florence.

"It's the right thing to do but it's also common sense that our day will come as well," said Holdnak.

Gulf Coast State College is taking donations at all of their campuses. The goal is to fill a trailer with nonperishable foods, water, baby supplies, cleaning products, flashlights and batteries, then Gulf Coast will connect with a local college in the impacted area to get supplies there quick.

"It gives us an opportunity to use a non traditional channel to get resources spread out into the community," said Holdnak.

Donation Drop-off locations/times:

  • GCSC Main Campus (Maintenance Building): Monday-Friday, 7a.m.–3p.m.
  • Gulf/Franklin Campus Monday-Friday, 8:30a.m.–3:30p.m.
  • North Bay Campus (Abbot Building): Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Tyndall Education Center Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • WMBB News Station – Monday-Friday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.


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