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  • Writer's pictureCharlie Lopez

Idalia Recovery Efforts Receive Generous Donations from Chick-fil-A, Publix, and More

In the wake of Hurricane Idalia's devastating impact on the Big Bend area last week, several businesses have stepped forward to aid in the recovery efforts.

Hurricane Idalia, classified as a Category 3 storm, wreaked havoc on homes and businesses, primarily due to the destructive storm surge that battered the region.

Among the businesses that have extended a helping hand are Publix, Walmart, and Chick-fil-A, as acknowledged by Governor Ron DeSantis' office. These companies generously donated essential resources to assist both affected workers and residents.

The well-known Florida-based grocery chain, Publix, demonstrated its commitment by providing over 800 Publix subs to residents in Yankeetown and Horseshoe Beach. Walmart, another retail giant, contributed crucial supplies such as food, water, and cleaning materials to Yankeetown.

Governor DeSantis emphasized the importance of collective community efforts in hurricane recovery and expressed gratitude for the support offered by these businesses. He commended their contributions, including Publix's generous subs, which were dispatched to areas severely impacted like Yankeetown and Horseshoe Beach.

Following the disaster, FloridaCommerce established a "one-stop business resource center" in Horseshoe Beach, facilitating the coordination of donations from various businesses. This center played a pivotal role in streamlining the assistance efforts.

Secretary of Commerce J. Alex Kelly praised the indispensable role played by private sector partners like Publix, Walmart, and Chick-fil-A in helping these communities rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Idalia. He stressed the ongoing commitment to collaborate with these private sector entities to channel resources to the communities most in need. He also extended his gratitude to all those who rallied behind the residents of the Big Bend region, generously donating their resources to aid in the recovery process.

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