More Needed As Florida Continues To Help Most Vulnerable In Ravaged Areas
Boone, NC, October 21, 2022 –The full extent of Hurricane Ian’s wrath has yet to be calculated as the recovery and clean-up efforts continue. Over 100 people lost their lives, and some efforts to get the proper supplies to where they were desperately needed were hindered.
“It’s pretty devastating what is happening here, as you have probably seen on the news. We have awesome partnerships that helped us to get literally tens of thousands of pallets of water to the people in this region of Florida,” said Wine To Water founder, Doc Hendley.
As soon as the hurricane hit, Hendley and a team from Wine To Water (W|W) mobilized and started a relief effort. Hendley also took his whole family to the area to support those in need.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, the immediate need was to reach survivors, get them to life-saving shelters, and provide essentials. W|W, with the help of the World Central Kitchen and the Florida National Guard, offered water, baby supplies, pet food, ready-to-eat meals (MREs), and other resources. The team also supported water filtration, recycling, and cleanup.
After a hurricane, clean drinking water is often scarce or non-existent. Flooding and runoff cause chemicals and contaminants to enter the water supply, and pipes and infrastructure are damaged. Getting supplies to those in need is critical during this time.
“There was so much needed here in Southwest Florida. Homes were flooded, clothes covered in sewage; it’s all so sad,” said area resident, Gail Tobias. “We appreciate Wine To Water and everyone that has helped during this time,” Tobias added.
Individuals, groups, and corporations can donate to Wine to Water and help support their efforts in Southwest Florida or their missions in other areas of the world, please visit the link here: give.winetowater.org/Ian