Bill’s Donuts & partners to send a truckload of hurricane relief to Florida

How to help: Donations will be accepted through Oct. 22.

Bill's Donut Shop in Centerville is accepting donated supplies that will soon be headed south to help those who have been affected by Hurricane Michael.

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Donated items such as book bags, batteries, soap, toothbrushes, flashlights, first-aid supplies and bug spray will be accepted through Monday, Oct. 22, then will be shipped the hard-hit panhandle region of coastal Florida, probably Mexico Beach, according to Lisa Tucker, co-owner of Bill’s Donut Shop.

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Since Bill’s first started collecting donations for victims of natural disasters, after the Joplin tornadoes in 2011, “whenever there is a disaster, our phone starts ringing” with people wanting to donate.

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“In this community, everyone wants to help,” Tucker said.

Tucker said McAfee Heating & Air Conditioning and Star Cartage Transportation Services collaborated to provide a semi-truck and driver to transport the donations.

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Other items that volunteers are looking for include toothpaste, deodorant, personal hygiene products, new socks or underwear, shovels, rakes and bottled water.

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