How to help victims of Hurricane Sandy

Mayor Alvin Brown encouraging Jacksonville residents to donate to victims

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The city of Jacksonville is hoping to lend a helping hand to those still recovering from Hurricane Sandy by setting up collection bins throughout the city.
They are placing bins at public buildings and schools to collect non-perishable food items that will be sent up north.

Most in Florida know what it's like to recover from a hurricane -- without power and scarce on supplies. And that's the reason why Mayor Alvin Brown is encouraging the folks in Jacksonville to donate non-perishable food items which will be delivered to those in need.

In Florida, when we get hit by a hurricane, we typically have power restored within a week. But that's not the case at all in areas like New Jersey, where people there are still in the dark, standing in line for gasoline, and basically just making it day to day.

Businesses have been destroyed and lives have been lost, which is why Jacksonville residents are really urged to help.

The city is making it convenient to help. Here is a list of what FEMA and The Bank of New Jersey say they really need:

  • Pop-top, ready-to-eat foods
  • Granola bars, energy bars, cereal bars
  • Meal replacement beverages
  • Baby needs
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Paper products

Donations can be made at the following locations through November 13.

  • City Hall - 117 W. Duval St.
  • Ed Ball Building - 214 N. Hogan St.
  • Main Library - 303 N. Laura St.
  • JTA - Rosa Parks/FSCJ Station - 201 W. Union St.
  • JEA - Tower Lobby - 21 W. Church St.

Donations will also be accepted at the city's Veterans Job Fair on Friday and at the annual Veterans Day Parade on Monday.