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Community makes preparations for Hurricane Dorian impacts

Posted at 7:38 PM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-04 19:38:33-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — While the possible impacts from Hurricane Dorian are still unknown, communities across the state and the Big Bend are getting ready to help however they can.

A food pantry in Tallahassee wants to make sure no one goes without a meal. While another group is hoping to save lives through blood donations.

Annie's project says that on average, the food pantry serves about 80 families a month. Volunteers knew they couldn't wait until the last minute to prepare for Hurricane Dorian.

"You want to be prepared ahead of time. You want people to have what they need and as they say be hunkered down," said Wendy Wheeless, board member for Project Annie.

For Wheeless, getting Project Annie ready to serve the community is a major priority.

"So we are gathering supplies in the shape of water and food. We are ready to embrace whatever happens," said Wheeless.

She wants to be prepared for the families that could be in need of a meal if the storm takes aim at Florida.

"Once the storm hits, we will open our doors, we have food out front all the time where we keep bread and we try to keep fresh items out there," said Wheeless.

Project Annie is just one organization ready to help.

Across town, people were invited to give blood through the One Blood drive at Texas Roadhouse.

"I understand the catastrophe that can happen when something is unexpected like this. Anyway that we can help, I feel like that is a way we can get our roots in the community," said Julie Biro.

And to hopefully make a difference in the lives of those that are close to us.

"We all have loved ones and blood is something that effects all of us. So why not help save somebody's loved one," said Biro.