How can you help?
1. Support Local Businesses
Many local shops and restaurants had extensive damage or lost their businesses completely. You can help them rebuild and continue to pay their employees by buying their merchandise and gift cards online. Check out your favorite local restaurants and shops on their websites and social media pages.
2. Donate Supplies or Make A Monetary Donation to Help Local Charities and Organizations
If you are local and choose to donate supplies to our local community shelters and communities, check their websites, Facebook, and Instagram pages for the most up-to-date supply list needs as they are changing daily.
Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. Donated funds serve individuals within their communities with disaster response and recovery. You can also text DISASTER to 20222.
Better Together is leveraging the strength of its team and volunteers to aid communities and families that have been affected by Hurricane Ian. Follow along on their Facebook as they are serving some of the hardest-hit communities across SWFL.
The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center is a donation drop-off site and pickup location for Harlem Heights residents to come to pick up items they need from diapers, and food, to clothing. Stay up-to-date on their Facebook page here.
Gladiolus Food Pantry is on the front lines providing support to our neighbors struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. This food pantry used to feed 850 people a month. They are now a donation drop-off center and pickup location for residents that are serving over 1,000 each day. They are updating their Facebook page daily with hours of operation, needs, and news.
FMB Strong is located at 820 Buttonwood Dr, Fort Myers Beach, FL, and is accepting donations in the form of supplies and is also looking for volunteers. For daily needs and updates, visit their Facebook page.
FK Your Diet Fort Myers is cooking up free meals, accepting monetary donations via Venmo @fkyourdiet and PayPal, has an Amazon Wish List set up for items to be delivered directly to hurricane victims, and is collecting non-perishable food, gallon water, cleaning supplies, new socks, new undergarments from infant to adult sizes. They are posting daily updates on Facebook. Location: 19630 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, FL 33908.