After Hurricane Irma crossed over the Florida Keys with devastating effect, it made landfall in Southwest Florida on Marco Island, about 50 miles south of Global Solutions’ headquarters in Fort Myers. Irma measured in at over 400 miles wide (with over 100 miles of hurricane-force winds) as it traveled north up Florida’s Gulf Coast, through the middle of the state, then up into southwest US—affecting 9 US states in total. The winds, rain and flooding from the storm disrupted and displaced millions of lives…including 15 million in Florida who lost power for days after the storm.

One week later, many here in SW Florida are still without power, including many businesses struggling to recover and move ahead. Here at Global Solutions, we are happy to report that our team, extended families and facilities are all safe with no major damage. We resumed operations last week with power from a backup generator, doing our best to continue to serve our customers. During this time of challenge, we are proud to be able to show our customers how we can come together and overcome potentially disastrous obstacles.

We also want to take that same desire to serve our customers and serve our community in any way we can. We know many are hurting at this time, and we find ourselves in a position where we can help. First, we have decided to give a portion or our sales from September 11 til November 22 to support hurricane relief aid organizations. Second, we invite any who wish to join in supporting these stellar organizations as they provide much needed relief to those who need it most. For now, we are focusing our donations and support through The American Red Cross and the Harry Chapin Food Bank, a local food bank that works directly with relief organizations to deliver food and other essential supplies to those affected by a disaster.

The food bank’s role during a hurricane or other natural disaster is not to act as a first responder, but to work cooperatively with other disaster relief organizations, such as the American Red Cross and the United Way, and serve as an avenue for distributing food and other essential grocery items to them and to our partner agencies.

Donations go toward helping families have the food, water, and supplies they need as their lives are turned upside down.

You can donate unused hurricane food supplies with our neighbors in need by donating them to the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Click below to donate, or visit harrychapinham.org/hurricane-irma to learn more about the organization.

The American Red Cross is part of a large team of partners who have launched a massive relief response to provide safe shelter, food and comfort to people who have been affected by Hurricane Irma.

Red Cross workers are providing food, shelter, health services and emotional support. Red Cross vehicles are fanning out in affected neighborhoods, delivering meals and relief supplies to people cleaning up their homes. Red Cross caseworkers are meeting with people still in shelters to help get some normalcy back in their lives by identifying their needs and connecting them to services and resources to help begin their recovery.

Click here to donate > NOTE: Select HURRICANE IRMA under the section “I Want to Support”

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