We were fortunate last week once again here in the Suwannee Valley.

The eye of the storm and the devastating winds that encircle it moved west and spared us of the destruction that it left in its wake.

Rather than worry about rebuilding and cleaning, we can instead focus on helping.

Our neighbors in western Florida and southwest Georgia instead took the brunt of Hurricane Michael’s punishing blows.

They need help.

Many in the area have already begun chipping in. We commend you.

Thank you for taking supplies to Suwannee Primary School to help Mark and Shelley Morgan take them to friends and neighbors in Panama City.

Thank you for taking supplies to the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Center. Or the Live Oak Police Department. Or the Pregnancy Care Center. Or Branford Pawn.

Thank you for being good neighbors and trying to help those in need.

If you are still wanting to help, there is still time. There are still goods and supplies needed.

Among the supplies that the SCSO Emergency Management Division has been told are needed are: toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, soap, batteries, flashlights, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, cleaning essentials, large trash bags and paper towels.

Those can be taken to the EOC at 617 Ontario Ave. SW #200 in Live Oak, or the LOPD station at 205 White Ave. SE. Branford Pawn is located at 508 SW Savannah St. in Branford.

The Pregnancy Care Center, which is located at 137 Grand St. in Live Oak, is collecting diapers, wipes, formula and bottles.

Most of those same items are among the supplies requested by Suwannee Primary School to aid with the Morgans’ deliveries to the panhandle. They are also wanting tarps to help cover roofs or other items, cat and dog food, non-perishable food items and first aid supplies (bandages, antibiotic ointment, gauze and tape, peroxide, rubbing alcohol and Tylenol/Motrin for both children and adults).

Thank you Suwannee Valley for showing your love and compassion.

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