As Hurricane Idalia strengthens and approaches the coast of Florida, local Concord-based disaster relief nonprofit, Gleaning For The World, is gearing up to provide supplies, and hope, for residents affected by this powerful storm.
GFTW will be accepting donations of supplies at Sam’s Club on Wards Road in Lynchburg on Wednesday, August 30 and Thursday, August 31 from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm both days.
Supplies needed include: bottled water, nonperishable foods, hygiene items, baby diapers and formula, as well as clean up supplies (i.e. bleach, large trash bags, gloves) and pet foods.
With 25 years of disaster relief experience behind them, GFTW has many partners throughout Florida with whom they’ve worked to deliver and distribute the supplies.
“With a storm of this size about to make landfall, we’re already communicating with our Florida partners in several parts of the state to see where we are able to set up a distribution site, where the donated items will be given to families and individuals affected by this storm,” Gleaning’s president Jeane Smiley-Mason said.
For those interested in giving a financial donation, which helps cover the costs of hauling these supplies to Florida, a secure donation page for this effort can be found HERE or a check (with “Idalia” in the memo line) can be mailed to GFTW PO Box 645 Concord, VA 24538.
For more information, please visit GFTW.org.