Tallahassee leaders pick up donations for St. Maarten

By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 11, 2017

An aerial photograph taken by the Dutch Ministry of Defence shows the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma in Philipsburg, on the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Maarten. Photo Date: 9/7/17

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- City of Tallahassee staff and members of the Tallahassee St. Maarten Foundation collected boxes that were donated to help victims of recent hurricanes.

Water, clothing, canned goods and more were among the items collected.

Boxes were retrieved from 20 drop off locations.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum said residents on the island are in need of the most basic items.

"This community, one day it had all it needed and the next day a storm comes through and you're our of home, you're out of power.
Some people lost their lives," Mayor Gillum said. "They've had their lives turned upside down. So if we can do just a little bit to help them get back on their feet, we are out to do that."

The items will be brought to a collection site in Orlando where they'll be shipped from in the coming weeks.