Giving Gators and community help Hurricane Ian survivors

Community By Alexandra Herrera, Reporter Friday, November 4, 2022

      The Giving Gators non-profit group held two drives for supplies to help survivors of Hurricane Ian in Southwest Florida. During two weeks in October the organization collected clothing; shoes; nonperishable food items, water and medicine, among other necessities for those in the hard-hit area. Daylin Garcia, chair of Giving Gators, said local businesses, school clubs and town residents all donated goods that were brought west during two trips. The convoys included multiple trucks including a 53-foot tractor-trailer.  Sponsors included Crossing Trucking Express; Layer 8 Solutions; Lazarito’s Barbershop; M.O. Auto Parts; EMG Vending Services; The Graham Companies; Bankers Title and Escrow Services; Virtutem Populo; Headquarter Toyota; MaDental Associates; Major League Signs; Markwell Industrial Fastening & Packaging Solutions; Mayor’s Cafe; Lions International; Sunshine Quality Painting; Suarez Museum of Natural Science & History; the American Legion and MPS SuperHero Foundation.  

     Giving Gators and volunteers worked with a church in Fort Myers to distribute the supplies and made two trips there. From left: Dr. Pedro Erro and Terri Erro from MaDental & Associates; Rey and Daylin Garcia; Councilman Tony Fernandez; Miami Lakes Assistant Town Attorney Lorenzo Cobiella; Nilba Linares and Hector Abad. 

Photo courtesy of Giving Gators.