ORLANDO, Fla. — Hurricane Michael was one of the most intense storms to ever make landfall in Florida. And it will likely be a costly recovery and relief effort for those in the path of the storm.

Here, you'll find a list of organizations, local, state, and nationwide groups that are helping Floridians recover from the storm.

We'll update this list as we get more information. If you'd like to submit information for your organization's relief effort, email:

Central Florida area

The Lake County Sheriff's Office will begin collecting donated items for Hurricane Michael victims Wednesday, October 17. Items needed include bread, water, baby formula, canned foods, crackers, pet food, manual can openers, hygiene items, latex gloves, tarps, two-cycle engine oil and more. Bring any donations to the lobby of the Sheriff's Office Operations Building at 360 W. Ruby Street in Tavares during normal business hours. Items will be taken up to the Panhandle as soon as possible.

Boy Scout Troop 998 and Pack 998 in Clermont are also gathering supplies. 

The next drop off time is Monday, October 22 between 6 p.m. 9 p.m. at:

Family Christian Center Clermont
2500 Highway 27, Clermont

They are specifically requesting the following supplies:

  • Large garbage bags
  • Clorox Clean Up, cleaning supplies (not straight bleach)
  • Infant and adult diapers and baby wipes
  • Infant formula
  • Toiletries
  • First aid items (no medicine)
  • Work gloves
  • Utility knives
  • Tarps
  • Box fans
  • Hand sanitizer

They are not accepting donations of clothing, water or food at this time.

The Mount Dora Police Dept. is hosting a relief drive Friday and Saturday.

Donors can be brought to the Mount Dora Police Dept. office on 1300 N. Donnelly St., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Saturday, supplies can be brought to the public parking lot across from First United Methodist Church, at 439 5th Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

They department is only accepting the following:

  • Unopened bottled water
  • Toiletries -- Deodorants, toothbrushes, toothpaste and wipes
  • Baby items -- Wipes, baby formula, baby food, boys and girls Pull-ups and diapers
  • Bagged pet food

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office is opening two donation dropoff points for supplies to go to the Panhandle. The most needed items are tarps, gas cans, coolers, generators, and nonperishable food. Donations will be accepted 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Friday, October 18-19 at:

  • 250 E. McCollum Ave., Bushnell, 33513
  • 7361 Powell Road, Wildwood, 34785

For more information, call Beth Hunt at 352-571-0016 or Michelle Keszey at 352-254-0446.

All Marion County Public Schools are donation dropoff points through Thursday, October 25. Anyone from students and school administrators to the public can bring items to any public school during normal school hours. Students from Marion Technical College and others enrolled in Career Academy programs will sort and help deliver goods. Items will be taken to Blountstown, Florida on November 1. Wanted items include garbage bags, bottled water, sport drinks, cleaning supplies, diapers, fans, gas cans, pet food and more. For more information, call Marion Tech Principal Mike Kelly at 352-671-7200 or email him at Mike.Kelly@marion.k12.fl.us.

The FAMU College of Law Student Bar Association is collecting supplies and necessities Monday-Tuesday, October 15-16. Items needed include bottled water, hand sanitzer, deodorant, personal hygiene kits, manual can openers, batteries, nonperishable canned goods and more. Bring the items to the College of Law Atrium at 201 Beggs Ave., Orlando. Call 407-254-3282 for more information.

Tampa Bay area

The Tampa Bay Lightning are hosting donation drives at their home games this week. The Lightning home games are on Tuesday and Thursday. If you'd like to donate, the team is accepting nonperishable food (such as canned goods, granola bars, peanut butter, soup and tuna), plus cleaning supplies and personal hygiene products. Bring those to the home games this week, and the goods will be shipped to the Panhandle at the end of the week courtesy of Feeding Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay nonprofit diaper bank BabyCycle is working with the National Diaper Bank Network to collect diapers for children affected by Hurricane Michael. The group is collecting diapers in size 5-6, as well as PullUps in sizes 2T/3T, 3T/4T and 4T/5T. To donate, go to their Amazon Wish List or make a monetary donation on their website. There's also a physical dropoff location at 6511 43rd Street N, #1811, Pinellas Park, 33781.

Locating missing people

The state has created a form for people to fill out to get information on people who are missing or may need assistance. You can access the form and fill it out on the Florida Department of Health website.

National Groups


The group that monitors nonprofits has posted a list of national charities aiding in disaster relief and their ratings. They include Donors Choose, American Red Cross, Americares, World Hope International and more. Find the list on the Charity Navigator website.


The American Red Cross has already sent emergency relief supplies to the Panhandle and is helping to respond. The Red Cross says some 500 trained disaster workers are also on their way to the area. To donate, head to the American Red Cross website.

Michael also canceled several blood drives in the area, and the Red Cross will need more blood donations as a result. Head to the Red Cross website to find a drive near you.


The Salvation Army is opening service sites throughout the area to provide meals and supplies. You can donate to the Salvation Army's relief effort through its website.


Samaritan's Purse is a Christian organization looking for volunteers to head to storm-ravaged areas of Florida and Georgia and help homeowners whose homes suffered damage. Details can be found on the Samaritan's Purse website.


The blood bank that services most Florida counties also helps other states in Michael's path, including Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. You can find a blood drive near you on the OneBlood website.


A group founded by restauranteur Chef Jose Andres to fight poverty and also feed people in disaster areas. World Central Kitchen has helped out in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, in North Carolina after Hurricane Florence, and now in the Florida Panhandle. Head to the World Central Kitchen website to help.


Operation BBQ Relief is a group of competition barbecue teams that help feed displaced families, first responders and emergency personnel in disaster zones. According to the group's Facebook page, they are looking for volunteers and donations. Head to that page for more information.

State Groups


The Florida Disaster Fund is a state-managed fund available for people to donate money. The money is then distributed to service organizations that help in relief efforts. Go to the Volunteer Florida website to donate with a credit card. 


Feeding Florida is the umbrella group that coordinates a network of food banks across the state. Head to the Feeding Florida website for help either donate through their group, or through a local food bank in your area.


Second Harvest Food Bank began packing some 2,000 disaster relief boxes for Michael victims earlier this week. You can donate food at the main facility in Orlando, and at branch warehouses in Brevard and Volusia counties. Head to the Second Harvest website for more details.


The Florida Bar has set up a Disaster Relief Hotline to offer pro bono legal advice to disaster victims. The Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar is looking for volunteers to help. You can sign up on the Florida Bar website

A legal aid hotline is also now available for those who can't pay for an attorney at 1-866-550-2929. The hotline is available in both English and Spanish. Information provided includes FEMA assistance, insurance claims, dealing with contractors, counseling on mortgage and tenant issues and more. More Florida Bar resources are available at https://www.floridabar.org/hurricaneinfo


The nonprofit, based out of Orlando, recycles soap and other hygiene products for relief programs around the world. The group is packaging emergency relief kits throughout the southeast, and they need volunteers to help pack those kits.

Sign up to help at the Clean the World website.


The FSARC is a state-sanctioned group of trained volunteers that take part in rescues during disasters. They announced Friday that they were being deployed to Bay County in the Panhandle. Right now they are only accepting trained volunteers. If you would like to donate, you can head to the FSARC website.


The SPCA Tampa Bay announced Friday it is going to Franklin County to transport about 49 dogs out of shelters up there and bring them to the Tampa area. This will help shelters better manage any rescued dogs that come in. Head to the SPCA Tampa Bay website to find out how you can help.


Operation Airdrop and the Gainesville Regional Airport is running a supply drive to the Panhandle. 

 All donations must be properly marked, tagged and neatly bundled. 

You can drop the donations off between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. starting Saturday at:

University Air Center — Gainesville Regional Airport
4701 NE 40th Terrace
Gainesville, Florida, 32609

They are looking for:

  • Baby food/supplies
  • Pet food
  • Food/snacks
  • Personal hygiene
  • Feminine hygiene
  • Paper goods
  • First aid products
  • Batteries and flashlights
  • Bottles of water
  • Tarps


Even animals and pets from the Panhandle have been impacted by Hurricane Michael. Learn how you can help by reaching to the following animal services.