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By John Mullen
 
October 18, 2018 – Orange Beach, AL - (OBA®) – Several groups, businesses, churches and governments in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and around the county are spearheading relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Michael.
 
While most group are collecting cleaning supplies, hygiene items, first aid kits and pet needs, the City of Orange Beach is planning a special effort for first responders who are also victims of the storm.
 
Hurricane relief mystics“We’re going to try to deploy an immediate team of employees to help with some things there in Bay County, Florida,” City Administrator Ken Grimes said. “Within about two weeks they’ll be in more full recovery mode and we’re going to try to get their lives back in order. But right now, their first responders and everybody is in need there’s just a whole lot of things we can do to help.”
 
Grimes said citizens wanting to help have plenty of opportunities to with multiple organizations collecting supplies in the city. 
 
“We are getting a lot of questions as to what is going on related to hurricane relief and support and I think it’s important that a lot of our businesses are starting to rally donations,” Grimes said. “We’re being supportive where we can help but a lot of that right now it is not the time to go unless you are needed. Keep watching social media and city posts as a kind of guide if you want to make donations. I’d say through the churches is the best way right now.”
 
One of those local groups is being led by Ultimate Landscapes owner Jamie Jones and members of the Mystics of Pleasure Mardi Gras Krewe who are collecting items through Sunday and will begin delivering those next week.
 
“I'm headed over to the Panama City area on Monday with a few guys to volunteer helping the storm victims,” Jones said. “I'm taking some equipment to clean up yards, cut trees and limbs off of homes and vehicles, tarp roofs, etc. I'm wanting to take over some much-needed items as well.”
 
One of those items in short supply, Jones said, is gasoline. Many residents have generators but no fuel to run them.
 
“Gas is hard to find down there and if you do, it's $3 a gallon and you wait an hour in line to only get a small amount,” Jones said. “If you can donate a five-gallon can and fill it, we will leave it with people that are in need of it.”
 
Jones said anybody with donations can text him at 251-747-0235 and he’ll come pick them up or meet up with you to get the donations. Drop off locations are also at Tacky Jacks in Orange Beach, Custom Truck Accessories in Foley and CrossFit Strong Heart Gym in Foley.
 
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