Local organizations continue recovery efforts for South Florida

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Bay County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Bay County Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance are partnering to provide hurricane relief.

"We know one thing about hurricanes: they do not discriminate. Many cities in Florida were greatly impacted by Hurricane Irma and Fort Myers, that city was hit very hard and we want to be able to do something to help our brothers and our sisters there," NAACP President Dr. Rufus Wood, Jr. said.

The two groups are collecting items such as non-perishable foods, water, and clothing.

Officials from both programs say they're already starting to see some donations come in. However, daily-use items like toothpaste and soap are still greatly needed.

"We've received plenty and we do appreciate the support, but we still need some paper goods, you know paper towels, paper plates, silverware, toilet tissues, hygiene items and we just cannot have enough bottled water," Bay County Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance Vice President James Russ said.

The donations will be taken to Fort Myers Monday, but they wont be dropped off alone. Representatives from both organizations plan on going with them.

"We're planning to go down with the truck so that we can get a chance to meet some of the people that have been impacted," Wood said.

"Some people have lost family heirlooms and things of that nature, irreplaceable. But they still have their life. So we are there to help sustain life," Russ said.

If you're interested in donating to the cause, you can drop off items at the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church located at 719 East 13th Court in Panama City.

The deadline is Saturday afternoon.