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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 11, 2005
CONTACT: Scott VanDeman (850) 414-2974

Donations Needs Changing as Katrina Recovery Continues

Volunteer Florida offers practical advice for making your donations count!

STATE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER, TALLAHASSEE – The Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, Volunteer Florida, once again congratulates Floridians for their generosity and the amazing outpouring of relief supplies collected for survivors of Hurricane Katrina. While critical human needs still are being met, Volunteer Florida provides the following information about items that will and will not be needed in the coming days.

Monetary Gifts – The Best Way to Help:
Please continue making monetary gifts to the relief organization of your choice. Every gift, no matter how small, helps enable these organizations to meet the needs of hurricane survivors quickly and with the maximum amount of flexibility. Please consider a planned giving program to help meet the long-term needs of survivors. A small donation each payday will go a long way!

Donations of Used Clothing Not Needed at this Time:
At this time, donations of used clothing are not needed. Because of the characteristic generosity of the American people, relief organizations have received all the used clothing donations they have the capacity to manage. As a result, they no longer are accepting donations of used clothing for hurricane relief. Links to relief-organization Web sites with more information about used-clothing donations are available at volunteerflorida.org. If you already have collected large amounts of used clothing, or choose to do so, please be prepared to store these items until they can be accepted and processed.

Organized Donation Drives:
Community- and faith-based organizations that are conducting organized donation drives are strongly encouraged to make contact with an organization in the affected area. Partnering with an organization that has expressed a need for specific goods, and a willingness and ability to unload and distribute them to survivors, is the most effective way to donate.

"We ask everyone to please confirm the need before collecting items. Please don't make assumptions about what you think is needed for hurricane survivors," said Wendy Spencer, CEO of Volunteer Florida. "Our Web site, volunteerflorida.org, has a list of needed items and good advice about how to get those items where they are needed most."

As the Gulf States begin to move into the recovery phase of post-disaster operations, needs are changing. Following are examples of items currently needed in the impacted areas.

Personal Hygiene/Comfort Items:

  • Sunscreen
  • Hand Cleaner
  • Insect Repellant
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Washcloths and Towels
  • Feminine Sanitary Products
  • Soap
  • Alcohol/Peroxide
  • Shaving Supplies
  • Denture/Contact Lens Supplies

Clean-up Items:

  • Gloves – leather/rubber/cloth
  • Shovels, Rakes, Pitchforks
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Garbage Bags (large, heavy duty)
  • Hand Trucks
  • Bleach
  • Lysol Spray and Liquid
  • Ponchos
  • Dust Masks
  • Wasp/Hornet Spray
  • Plastic Sheeting (6 ml)

Think Globally, Help Locally:
Individuals who want to volunteer to assist Katrina survivors may be able to volunteer locally. Florida is host to approximately 2,000 evacuees from the impacted areas who need assistance. Please contact a Volunteer Center in your area to find out if you can help! A list of volunteer centers is available at volunteerflorida.org.

The Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service was established in 1994 by the Florida Legislature to administer grants under the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993. The Commission grants funds to Florida AmeriCorps and National Service programs; encourages volunteerism for everyone from youths to seniors to people with disabilities; promotes volunteerism in emergency management and preparedness; and helps to strengthen and expand Volunteer Centers in Florida.

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Last updated: November 09, 2007

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