Pineapple Willy's gives more than $60,000 to local charities

Wednesday, Pineapple Willy’s donated more than $60,000 to three local charities. Managers say the money is from 100% of the restaurant’s proceeds collected during the last week of August earlier this year. (WJHG/WECP)
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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Several charities are having trouble trying to provide services to the community while recovering from Hurricane Michael.

Pineapple Willy’s donated more than $60,000 to three local charities Wednesday: Beach Care Services, Paws and Claws and Basic Northwest Florida. Managers say the money was collected through the restaurant's Pay It Forward Week fundraiser where 100 percent of of the restaurant’s proceeds are donated.

“They need our help now more than ever after the hurricane because their funds have been depleted with more people needing more help,” said Pineapple Willy’s CEO Melissa Traxler. "Pay it forward! If you’re fortunate enough to help someone then that is what you should do.”

Members of the selected charities say the money will help them with provide services and help employees and clients impacted by the storm recover.

“With these funds, we can help with medication. Housing assistance to stabilize individuals,” said Basic Northwest Florida President Valerie Mincey. "Buying medications that grants don’t cover to treat things that attribute to HIV such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure. Things everybody suffers with.”

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