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Tallahassee collects donations to help surrounding counties affected by Hurricane Michael

Tallahassee collects donations to help surrounding counties affected by Hurricane Michael
Tallahassee collects donations to help surrounding counties affected by Hurricane Michael
Posted at 5:01 PM, Oct 17, 2018
and last updated 2019-10-02 09:41:25-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Following the hurricane, the community has become 'Florida Strong' collecting supplies and volunteering to help those in need.

People stopped by the Costco in Tallahassee all day to drop off supplies to send to communities seriously impacted by Hurricane Michael.

Several trucks are filled and ready to go for Thursday. 

How do you measure the heart of a community? By shopping carts or trunks? By pallets or bags? 

Polly Straughen said she was lucky, just a few sticks to pick up around the house.

But to see how many weren't so fortunate.   

"My heart just breaks. It just brings me to tears," said Straughen. 

Putting thoughts into action, several groups pitched in to send anything and everything to communities not so far away. 

"To know that, to go further west and even away from the coastline, how it's even worse over there, it's just something that pulls at your heartstrings," said Greg Tish, Host of Real Mornings on Real Talk 93.3. "You have to get out there and do what you can to help everybody." 

People have brought so much stuff, they've had to stack it in piles and all of it is going to those in need.  

"I'm just thankful to be a part of Tallahassee. I'm just thankful that people's 'walking the walk' is then 'talking the talk," said Abby Cooke, Communications and PR Coordinator with Elder Care Services. 

People helping people, including FSU sports legend Charlie Ward. He said it's a blessing to be able to help at a time like this. 

"Giving something that you may not have, that's a sacrifice, and so, for us to be able to give, not just here in Tallahassee, but around the country." 

The trucks are heading out Thursday morning. They're going to Gadsden, Jackson, Calhoun and Gulf counties.