Veteran-Sponsored Bay Co., Fla. Hurricane Relief Spring 2021 DeploymentTruck will stop in Ocala at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 11,to pick up donations: 3520 NE 49th St.

Veteran-Sponsored Bay Co., Fla. Hurricane Relief Spring 2021 DeploymentTruck will stop in Ocala at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 11,to pick up donations: 3520 NE 49th St.

In October 2018, Hurricane Michael brought catastrophic wind and rain to the Florida Panhandle, devastating homes, businesses and the natural landscape. In September 2020, Hurricane Sally brought more destruction and flooding.

In response to Hurricane Michael, the Democratic Veterans Caucus of Florida, along with local leadership from throughout the state, organized four relief trips in 2019 to deliver food, clothing and household goods to those in need in Bay County.

Many people whose homes were damaged by the Cat-5 winds from Hurricane Michael and who are still waiting for settlements from insurance claims are now displaced by the flooding from Hurricane Sally that hovered over the Panhandle of Florida, dumping two feet of water in the area.

This year in the month when we observe Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day, the DVCF will return to the Panhandle May 13-14 with more donations to help not only those who were devastated by Hurricane Sally, but also the dozens of homeless young people in the area. 

This year’s DVCF deployment will include help for approximately 200 local high school students who are homeless and living on their own. Their parents have left the area or are unable to care for them for various reasons. The homeless youth are watched over by teacher Ricky Rivers, a U.S. Air Force veteran, who is their mentor. Their needs are great and the DVCF has been told that 70 students are graduating seniors struggling to find the funds to pay for a cap and gown.
DVCF Vice President Danny Fuqua, a U.S. Army veteran, will drive a large Penske truck to Bay County May 13-14 with donations. He will stop in Ocala on Tuesday, May 11, at 2 p.m. to pick up donations from residents of Marion County who will arrive at 3520 NE 49th St., Ocala, Fla. 34479 to help load the pickup truck.

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