Citrus County's Hurricane Dorian relief efforts for the Bahamas continues.
The Rev. Doug Alexander, pastor of the New Church Without Walls in Inverness, told a group of relief participants this week that six truckloads of relief supplies have been delivered to Fort Lauderdale, where they are flown to the Bahamas. Heavier items, such as cases of bottled water, are being stored in Fort Lauderdale where they will be sent by barge to the islands.
Residents are encouraged to help out. Here is a list of places we're aware of that are drop-off points for relief supplies, followed by a list of what's being requested. If you're not on this list but want to be on it, send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Donations of cash for the Dorian relief effort from Citrus County can be sent to United Way. Text CCHelpDorian (altogether) to 41444 and follow the prompts. The money will be used in the local hurricane relief effort for the Bahamas.
• Donations of nonperishable relief supplies may be dropped off during normal business hours at Reliable Auto Market, 3399 E. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Inverness (near Habitat for Humanity Restore).
• Donations may be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, and Saturday, Sept. 14, at the New Church Without Walls, 300 S. Kensington Ave., Inverness (off State Road 44, next to Holiday Inn Express).
• The Rotary Club of Homosassa Springs Foundation is collecting monetary donations to help the people in the Bahamas. Send a tax-deductible check to The Rotary Club of Homosassa Springs Foundation, P.O. Box 2029, Homosassa Springs, FL 34447; or drop off a check at the Citrus County Chronicle, 1624 N. Meadowcrest Blvd. in Crystal River.
• Citrus Dermatology, 255 SE Seventh Ave., Crystal River, will accept donated items at its office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until noon on Friday.
• Citrus Cowboys Youth Football and Cheer program are having a can drive through Sept. 18 to support hurricane victims in the Bahamas. Donate nonperishable food, toiletries, batteries, flashlights, etc. at Crystal River Middle School with Alva Lamb and Homosassa Elementary School with SRO Jon Seffern; also donations may be dropped off at the Lecanto drone field during from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday during the Cowboys football practice.
• The Citrus County School District is collecting nonperishable items and personal hygiene products for hurricane victims in the Bahamas. Donated items can be dropped off at any Citrus public school between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. through Thursday, Sept. 19.
• Plantation Realty 1250 N. Country Club Drive, Crystal River, is collecting supplies for Hurricane Dorian victims. Items include portable generators, battery-operated fans, diapers, OTC medical supplies, pet food and sunscreen. No water or clothing.
• Life Care Center of Citrus County, 3325 W. Jerwayne Lane, Lecanto, will accept drop offs of bottled water.
• Donate online to the Salvation Army: www.salvationarmy.org.
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