How to help Hurricane Ian victims here in Tampa Bay

We'll keep updating this post as new information comes in.

click to enlarge It will take months, if not years, to rebuild southwest Florida after Hurricane Ian. - Photo by Dave Decker
Photo by Dave Decker
It will take months, if not years, to rebuild southwest Florida after Hurricane Ian.
If you're looking for a way to help our neighbors to the south, several local organizations have sprung into action. Here's how to keep pitching in.

We'll keep updating this blog as new information comes in. Send any info regarding ongoing efforts to [email protected].

Ongoing

211 Tampa Bay Cares
Volunteer organization providing emotional and financial assistance to local families suffering from health issues, job loss, depression, incredible stress, hunger, homelessness and more. 211tampabay.org

Buy Farm Food Working together with St. Pete's Palm Lake Christian Church, Buy Farm Food is letting folks donate a hurricane a relief box that will be delivered to Lee County. At the moment, BFF told CL it has a sponsor that will be matching donated boxes. Buyfarmfood.com

Feeding Tampa Bay The nonprofit has food distribution happening locally and is coordinating with pantries serving southwest Florida. feedingtampabay.org

Ian Response Fund Florida Rising and Dream Defenders are just two groups from a grassroots coalition collecting funds to address the most urgent needs and provide aid throughout the state. ianresponse.org

Metropolitan Ministries World Central Kitchen is helping the Bay area charity prepare meals and support local hunger relief organizations. MM headquarters in Tampa Heights has boxed food, bottled water and power—and is also collecting nonperishable food items and bottled water. 2002 N Florida Ave., Tampa metromin.org

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief MADR, a group that has helped people in several disaster scenarios through the years, has established a relief hub and is gathering supplies at the same location to bring south to the hardest hit areas. Tarps are severely needed lately, along with chainsaws and construction supplies to help make repairs to property. Water, non-perishable food, hygiene and medical products are also helpful. Volunteer opportunities are available, too. After hours donations can be left under the Waters Avenue Church overhang near the front door. Waters Avenue Church. 609 W Waters Ave.,Tampa. mutualaiddisasterrelief.org

Spaddy's Coffee Co. Greg Spadaccini's folks took Hurricane Ian right on the chin (on social media, Greg shared video of pops' car being swallowed by storm surge). Last week, the owner of Spaddy's Coffee Co. went south to pick up his parents and drop off supplies. He's going back, too, and for the rest of this week, he's collecting supplies—the most urgent needs include garbage cans and bags, skill saws, drills, nails, hammers, knifes, work gloves, dust pans, chainsaws and mixed oil—at the coffee trailer (5206 N Florida Ave., Tampa) and South Tampa location (6102 S MacDill Ave., Tampa)

Tradewinds Island Resorts Through Dec. 22, the St. Pete Beach mainstay is donating $20 per room reservation to the Florida Disaster Fund as part of its "Shore to Shore" initiative. tradewindsresort.com
Events

Hotel Haya Hotel Haya's Ybor City Pop-Up Night Market Shop features boutique retailers for apparel, art, perfume, live acrylic portrait sessions, and a full-service cash bar—with 15%-20% of proceeds from each vendor going directly to benefit United Way of Florida Disaster Recovery Fund. Saturday, Oct. 8, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. 1412 E 7th Ave., Ybor City. eventbrite.com

Kahwa Coffee
On Thursday, Oct. 6 only, all locations donating 100% of sales to World Central Kitchen, which is helping feed Ian victims.

PTL The Ybor City club hosts a hurricane relief fundraiser to benefit Feeding Tampa Bay on Friday, Oct. 7. In addition to next week's event, PTL is also collecting non-perishables for donation this Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. 1507 E 7th Ave., Ybor City

Past efforts

Nah Dogs The St. Pete vegan hot dog seller is popping up outside Good Intentions to debut a new special. Some bartenders will donate their tips to Shelter Farm Sanctuary. Sunday, Oct. 2, noon-4 p.m. 1900 1st Ave. S, St. Petersburg

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