FLORIDA’S LAKE COUNTY – On Wednesday, volunteers in Lake County held a food drive for those affected by Hurricane Ian’s sea level rise. The Butler Street Boat Ramp parking lot served as the site of the drive-through food drive.
In order to assist individuals in need, Kroger and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office joined forces with Lake Support and Emergency Recovery, Inc. (L.A.S.E.R. ), an organisation that specialises in disaster assistance in Lake County.
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According to Brandi Martin, executive director of L.A.S.E.R., “as many are aware, the water from the St. John’s River had flooded the neighbourhood with record high flood water inside this area, and there has been a real huge need as far as food and water goes.” Martin reported that Kroger provided three trucks worth of food and water for distribution to those in need.
The drive-thru event saw the serving of more than 500 families. Volunteers and News 6 delivered food to those still stranded by rising water. Charles McHugh said that his houseboat, where he once resided, was destroyed by the hurricane. “Everything I now possess is housed in two automobiles up there, and I also have tools in this area. I think that’s it,” McHugh replied.
Although they continued to see flood waters, McHugh currently resides with family in a house. For a brief period, McHugh recalled, “(water) was coming through into the grates and it was up to the second step, past the steps and we were good, but we lost the boat ramp.”
McHugh claimed to have another boat in Daytona Beach, but it is also currently submerged. That fell down, and McHugh predicted it wouldn’t rise again. The essential thing, however, is that everyone is doing fine. One man dropped out goods at the food drive while urged more people to donate during this time of need.
The food, according to John Roszak, came from the Paisley First Baptist Church. “That is why we were created. When a neighbour is down, you boost them up because we are designed to give to and assist one another, Roszak added. L.A.S.E.R. representatives stated that they want to host another food drive soon to help the neighbourhood. Visit L.A.S.E.R’s website here if you’re interested in making a donation to help individuals in need in Lake County.