We are going to Pay It Forward! SWFHR is seeking our community’s help with a relief project for the Florida Panhandle after the destruction caused by Hurricane Michael.
The General Plan:
Hurricane Michael made landfall on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. We are aiming for a relief convoy to arrive in Lake City, FL approximately 3 weeks later. This will allow time for critical recovery efforts to take place as well as normal stock items to be used before our resupply efforts come into play.
The items of need will be focused on new or unopened pet nonperishable products (i.e. Horse, Dog, Cat, Bird). We will establish local businesses as donation drop points and an inventory item will be made. Anonymous donation will be accepted.
A full volunteer convoy of those who can transport with closed trailers will be established to transport all donated items to one site located in Lake City, FL for disbursement. All volunteer vehicles part of the convoy will stay together on the way to the rally point but can return as they will. Additionally, the convoy vehicles will have some sort of marking, provided by SWFHR, denoting this relief project.
We do not have the staff to come and pick up items so we are asking you to bring items to the Donation Drop Points or to our facility.
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Items Needed: (this list is purely an example of items for all kinds of pets in need)
Many of you remember the devastation that Hurricane Irma caused back in September of 2017 and how so many folks stepped up to help. Dan and Audrey of Gray Cat Farm, Live and Let Live Farm, Ryan Tractor, Gloria Andrews and many others staged a donation drop off in Chichester New Hampshire for folks to donate items for Irma victims. Dan drove down to our Rescue on October 3rd with a trailer load of supplies and we were able to share with other horse Rescue organizations and Animal Shelters.
Well, it is now our turn to pay it forward. We have talked with Mike at C&C Feed Store and we will be setting up our 16′ cargo trailer tomorrow for folks to help fill it up. We talked with Dave of Futrals Feed Store and he will also be accepting donations on behalf of the Panhandle pets.
We have coordinated with Tia Albert of Group 17 and we will be delivering all donated items to her farm where her team will deliver to the heavily hit areas of the Panhandle. Our hope is to have several cargo trailers filled to the rim with supplies and to coordinate a convoy to drive the items up to Lake City in a couple of weeks.
Please help if you can, no donation is too small. These folks were hit hard by Hurricane Michael and they need our help. We all know how stressful it is to try and recover from such a major disaster and when you add on the stress of caring for your animals, it makes it that much more difficult. If we can all pull together to do our part to help feed some babies, we have, at least, eased their burden a bit.
Feed, hay, supplements, etc. anything is greatly appreciated. You can purchase items at C&C or Futral’s, or you can drop items off at either location.
If you have any questions, you can reach me on my cell, 239-440-9891 or send me a PM via Facebook.
Thank you all in advance for your help with this.
We owe each and every one of the listed individuals a very heartfelt THANK YOU! You all hold a place in our community as selfless neighbors (even if it’s the other side of the state). The lists are alphabetical and do not represent in any way an order of importance. Lists are also updated daily.