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)

The following items are immediately in need:
 
Rubber Gloves
Clorox bleach
Flash lights
Mops
Cleaning supplies
Latex Gloves
Clorox wipes
Tarps - all sizes
Brooms
Large garbage bags
Work gloves
Face masks
Shovels
Buckets
Clean rags
Feminine Hygiene products
Toilet paper
Soap and shampoo
Adult diapers
Papers towels
Detergent
Baby diapers
Baby wipes
Baby formula/food
Toothbrush/paste kits
Personal hygiene items
Sunscreen
Propane tanks
Pet food
Matches 
Grills
Lighters
Sterno camp stoves
Candles
Coolers
Flashlights/lanterns
Batteries 
Hammers
Roof paper
Roofing nails/tin tabs
Army portable cots
Sheets, pillow cases, blankets, towels
Generators to charge cell phones
Portable cell phone chargers
Chain saws
Can goods
Can openers
Non-perishable food items to include:
Canned tuna, spam, ham, sardines, chicken, pasta and pasta sauce, soups, rice, grits, flour, sugar, dry cereal, oats, canned fruit and vegetables, seasonings, beans, peanut butter, jelly, mashed potatoes, instant rice, teabags, crackers, granola, ramen noodles, juices, paper plates, cuts, plastic utensils, napkins