On September 28, 2022, Hurricane Ian, one of the deadliest hurricanes to ever strike the United States, caused catastrophic destruction along southwest Florida. Exact numbers have not yet been released, but it is estimated that the damages and losses are at over $50 million, with a yet-to-be-determined devastating final death toll. The areas hit heaviest include Fort Myers Beach, Naples, and Pine Island in Lee County, among other Florida neighborhoods.
Governor Ron DeSantis took swift action and immediately directed government funds to help with the immediate rebuilding of local bridges so emergency personnel could rescue residents still stranded in their homes. Funds were also allocated to local organizations for the purchase of food, water, and medical supplies.
Millions of Florida residents are still without power as linemen work around the clock to bring back a sense of normalcy to residents. Displaced Floridians desperately need shelter, food, and water, and slowly but surely, they are starting to rebuild. The impact of Hurricane Ian will be seen for years to come, and it is important in times like these, to give back to our communities.
The New York Young Republican Club is proud to make a donation to Feeding Florida, the state’s network of food banks working to solve hunger. Their statewide network unites 12 member food banks to provide a healthy, adequate, and consistent food supply to every community every day. When Hurricane Ian hit, Feeding Florida immediately sprang into action. They are currently on the ground providing food, water, and resources to those affected by Hurricane Ian.
Feeding Florida has encouraged others around the country to contribute to helping these devastated communities get back on their feet. We encourage all members of the NYYRC, as well as all members of the community, to consider making a donation to this incredible organization, so we can help support the rebuilding of the great state of Florida.
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