Englewood students & Rotary Clubs band together for Hurricane Dorian relief
SARASOTA & CHARLOTTE COUNTIES -Their 2019 theme "Rotary Connects The World" rings true as 1.2 million people band together every day through more than 35,000 Rotary Clubs across the globe. It's a union growing stronger than ever this week, after Hurricane Dorian devastated many of their own.
Rotary Club of Englewood President, Julia Mercier said, "The previous president of Rotary International...he lives in The Bahamas and owns businesses in the Bahamas. So, we really felt that personal connection." It's why Rotary Clubs of Englewood and Placida joined the Englewood Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary Club Tuesday to launch a supply drive.
She said, "We really felt the need to do something and we knew we have enough connections throughout the community to be able to and to have the connections internationally to do so." The clubs are collecting monetary donations and immediate needs; from fans to water bottles to paper towels to dog food. Blair Milliken, President of Placida Rotary Club said, "...2x4s together to put a tarp over to make a new home to diapers for children. The list is endless."
Tuesday, the alliance will join other Southwest Florida Rotary Clubs and drop off collections in Naples. Milliken said, "We've coordinated and cut off all the red tape. So we actually have a ship we're putting four containers on that ship and it's going to go directly to the Bahamas and then it goes to other fellow rotarians over there to distribute it."
Little Rotarians, part of Charlotte County Schools' "Interact Club" are helping get other students involved in Dorian relief efforts as well.
Items are being collected at:
-Phillips Landscaping, 6900 San Casa Blvd, Building 1, Unit 1 on Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
-Englewood Chamber of Commerce, 601 S McCall Road, Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
FOR THOSE THAT WISH TO DONATE MONEY TOWARDS SUPPLIES THEY CAN MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO:
LEMON BAY SUNRISE ROTARY CLUB (WITH HURRICANE DORIAN ON MEMO LINE)