By Kevin Deutsch
The city of Coral Springs is collecting supplies for up to 2,000 first responders and volunteers in need of essential goods on Florida’s west coast, officials said.
The workers, deployed from across the state in the wake of Hurricane Ian, are helping with the rescue, recovery, infrastructure, and humanitarian efforts in the state’s storm-battered communities.
The city encourages residents to help the cause and will deliver the items to hurricane-ravaged areas.
People can buy supplies to donate online through Amazon and the Walmart website. By clicking on one of the highlighted links below, donors will be directed automatically to a list of requested items:
Amazon: At check out, select “Lisa Hreso’s Gift Registry Address for the shipping address.”
Walmart: Enter Delivery/Shipping address as “9500 W Sample Road, Coral Springs, FL 33065 – Attn: Lisa Hreso.
For residents who want to deliver items directly to Coral Springs City Hall, the building’s hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Among the thousands of people helping out on the west coast are more than 1,000 first responders performing search and rescue, around 42,000 linemen from utilities across the state working to restore power, and 325 Florida Highway Patrol personnel transporting utility crews, according to the state.
According to the city, the items needed from donors are:
Mechanic/utility gloves (high priority)
Moleskins (high priority)
Wipes (high priority)
Lighters (high priority)
Boot inserts (high priority)
Body Glide (Gold Bond Runner Glide/anti-chafing for the body) (high priority)
Foot powder (high priority)
Liquid I.V. (high priority)
Candy (lollipops, gum, mints)
Lotion (for hands and feet)
Vitamin C drops (Halls or other brands)
Bug and ant-repellent spray
Air foam insoles
Residents can also contribute through the Florida Disaster Fund, which supports communities impacted by Hurricane Ian. State officials said that the fund had raised nearly $40 million as of Saturday.
For more information, visit FloridaDisasterFund.org or text DISASTER to 20222.
- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.
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