Local organizations donate to Hurricane Irma victims

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Local organizations are preparing to send relief to parts of Florida that were hit hardest by Hurricane Irma.

Many Floridians lost their homes along with everyday necessities during the severe weather. Local organizations, like the Panama City chapter of the Salvation Army and the Bay County Sheriff's Office, are doing their part to help hurricane victims rebuild.

The Salvation Army in Panama City loaded up their portable kitchen with supplies to give to those Hurricane Irma victims and they told us the best way to donate is to give money. The kitchen comes complete with an oven, microwave, stove, fridge, and freezers. This allows volunteers to start serving meals right away to those in need. The kitchen along with volunteers left Wednesday at 2 p.m.

"Well, money helps because it enables us to respond to the needs quicker. We do not have to handle the storing of other material goods that are donated then because storage space is on short order during times like this," said Major Otis Childs, an administrator at the Panama City chapter of Salvation Army.

Major Childs told us donating money is best because it allows disaster responders to immediately meet specific needs of those affected by Irma.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office is holding a relief drive for Hurricane Irma victims. They're accepting donations of cleaning supplies and non-perishable items. They are not accepting donations of clothes. If you wish to donate to the BCSO relief fund leave your donations in the front lobby.

"They're in their, probably some of the darkest times of their life. They're in need of some of the basic items that we need as human beings. We're in the position to help them. I know they would do the same for us," said Sheriff Tommy Ford.

Sheriff Ford tells us they will stop accepting donations once their trailer is full.