By Kailah Lawson
Hundreds of residents in Leon, Gadsen and surrounding counties are still without essential supplies more than two weeks after Hurricane Michael’s landfall.
To help provide supplies to some of those residents, FAMU’s Beta Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will host “Trunks Up” today at 4 p.m. Supplies such as baby products, canned goods and hygiene products will be collected.
All donated items will be collected at Bragg Memorial Stadium on the campus of Florida A&M University. These items will be delivered to Gadsden County residents.
Delta Sigma Theta’s FAMU Chapter President Marielle Cameron says members of the chapter reached out to victims to see what items they need to help them move forward.
“We also have a chapter member whose family was impacted so we are inspired to assist by our sister’s devastation as well. However, our chapter is committed to assisting with natural disaster relief wherever possible.”
More than 400,000 people were without power in the Florida panhandle after Hurricane Michael, according to Florida’s Division of Emergency Management. The death toll in Florida has climbed to 29. Many residents are still trying to recover.
It took two weeks for Gadsden County Resident Edmond Campbell to have his power restored.
“It has been a nightmare. I couldn’t even get in or out my house! There were trees blocking my street on both sides. Supplies like food and water had to be delivered to my home,” said Campbell.
Cameron encourages all Gadsden county residents to remain positive.
“To the Gadsden County residents still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Michael, please know that this is not the end. We will not allow the effects of Hurricane Michael to determine our destiny and deter our faith. Many people are here to assist you wherever possible and we will continue to pray for a safe and speedy recovery,” she said.
Girard Campbell, a Quincy utility worker, felt that it would almost be impossible to restore power to the whole county right away.
“Our service line was off the hook! We had an influx of calls from elderly people trapped in their homes, parents who couldn’t receive supplies for their infants, all types of things.”
“We’re still receiving calls today concerning random power outages that could be due to the fact the reconstruction of some power lines may not be completely stable,” Campbell said.
Various FAMU organizations and Tallahassee community members are doing their part to ensure victims of this tragedy are cared for. Many individuals and organizations have organized hurricane relief drives or driven to affected areas to pitch in and help with the cleanup.
To find a local Hurricane Michael relief drive near you, visit www.helpmedonate.org.