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Our Friends Further South Need Our Help Desperately

Our Friends Further South Need Our Help Desperately

| Sande Caplin |

We are collecting donations for our friends and fellow commercial fishermen in Everglades City and Chokoloskee who took a direct hit from Hurricane Irma last week. The storm surge flooded every structure in the town. FEMA arrived finally on Friday, so immediate food and water needs are not AS dire. What is dire at this point is mold. Overflowing septic and sewage. No power. Debris and downed trees. Standing water. Mosquitoes and now infected bites.

We will be collecting the following items to take down on Wednesday: PLEASE let’s stick to the list of what they need, we want to be as helpful as possible, not take them a bunch of stuff they don’t need right now. We will be making runs to them as their needs change moving forward

WE HAVE LITERALLY A TRUCKLOAD OF CLOTHING ALREADY FROM THE HURRICANE HARVEY DRIVE, it is sorted and packed and we are taking a lot of that with us PLEASE NO CLOTHING ITEMS!!….Just NEW SOCKS AND UNDERWEAR- Men’s, Women’s, Children’s 

Bring your donations to:  Bradenton Elks Club (B.P.O.E.) #1511, 2511 75th St W, Bradenton, Florida 34209—- ONE DAY ONLY- TUESDAY, 9/19/2017

What we could use in the way of clothing are new socks and underwear, men’s women’s and children’s. Thank you!

Hygiene products
Toothpaste toothbrushes
Shampoo and conditioner
Antibacterial soap
Tampons/pads/feminine products
Baby Wipes

First Aid Products:
Band aids
Bactine spray
Bug bite cream
Ace bandages
Gauze and wound dressing supplies of all sizes
Contact lens solution
Bug Spray

The infected bug bite situation is a huge issue. If you’ve never been down there you can’t imagine the skeeters on a good day, much less after flooding

Canned goods and non-perishable foods

Detergents, Bleach and Vinegar to combat mold (vinegar KILLS mold, Bleach to clean it. We need both!)

Buckets, mops, scrub brushes, latex gloves and cleaning supplies

Large trash bags

Chainsaws/generators/work gloves

Waders and boots (waterproof)

Fuel and fuel cans

Propane fuel (camp stove)

I will add items as they become communicated to me between now and Tuesday.

Anyone who would like to help the day of please call or text me at 941-725-9189– Rose Lipke

Thank you all for your help…I know this has been one hell of a week!

Roque Pastorious (Monkey Bus) will be hauling all this down with me on Wednesday in the Monkey Bus and a trailer…let’s fill it for them!!

Thanks to everyone for your help!

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