Cortez helps Florida fishing communities hit by Irma

Cortez donation drive Everglades City
Fishermen check out how high Irma's flood waters rose in some sections of south Florida.

CORTEZ – Residents of the Cortez historic fishing village are reaching out to provide aid to fellow commercial fishermen in Chokoloskee and Everglades City in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

The donation drive kicks off at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Bradenton Elks Lodge 1511, 2511 75th St. in Bradenton. Collection will continue through 4 p.m. with items being delivered to a distribution point at the Chokoloskee Church of God on Wednesday morning.

Items needed include cleaning supplies – vinegar, bleach, mops, buckets, work gloves, chainsaws, large garbage bags, generators, power cords, waders and waterproof boots, fuel and fuel cans, personal hygiene supplies – toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, razors, feminine products, deodorant, antibacterial soap and contact lens solution, and first aid products – bandages, anti-bacterial cream and sprays, bug bite cream, peroxide, Ace bandages, bug spray, and gauze and wound dressings. Other items requested include underwear and socks.

Cash and gift card donations also are welcome to help purchase needed equipment and other items.

Volunteers also are needed to help collect and package items for transportation during the event along with those willing to travel to the affected area to assist with distribution and cleanup efforts.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Rose Lipke at 941-725-9189.