Realtors collecting items for those in need: Hernando County Realtors, brokers and local businesses are collecting items for those in need after Hurricane Irma.
Items needed include bottled water, toiletries, nonperishable food, Ziploc bags, baby supplies (diapers, baby wipes, formula, baby food) and gift cards.
Drop-off locations include:
• Hernando County Board of Realtors, 7321 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday).
• Alcova Mortgage, 4094 Commercial Way, Spring Hill (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; later appointments available, call (352) 587-4899).
• Keller Williams Realty, 2715 Forest Road, Spring Hill (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, noon to 3 p.m. Sunday).
• E-Loans, 4117 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday).
• Weichert Realty, 20375 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily).
• Tropic Shores Realty, 3441 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily).
No clothes are needed. Arrangements to pick up large donations, such as cases of water, can be made. Call James Saffell at (813) 416-5162.
Restaurant collecting for Irma victims: Florida Cracker Kitchen and the Tap Room, 966 E Jefferson St., Brooksville, is collecting hurricane relief supplies from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. until Sept. 24.
In addition to bottled water, toiletries, nonperishable food, Ziploc bags, baby supplies and gift cards, the businesses will accept paper towels, pet food, unused tarps, generators, gas, new underwear, shirts, shorts and tank tops, as well as bug spray and sunscreen.
Blood donations are needed: LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, 12395 Cortez Blvd., is urging blood donors to come in and donate to help replenish the blood supply for the community. Due to Hurricane Irma, blood collections were canceled Sept. 10 and 11.
In addition, due to school and business closures, there has been an extreme drop in donations. Type O donors and apheresis platelet donors are especially needed, but donors of all blood types can help. For more information, visit lifesouth.org.