News 6, Salvation Army partner to host supply drive for hurricane victims

Salvation Army will take next two days to count and organize donations

News 6 and the Salvation Army are getting results in a partnership donation drive, bringing in loads of supplies for the victims impacted in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.

ORLANDO, Fla – News 6 teamed up with the Salvation Army to get results for those impacted by Hurricane Ian, with loads of supplies donated to help hurricane victims who are still in need.

A donation drop-off spot was held starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Salvation Army headquarters at 440 W. Colonial Drive in Orlando.

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Clothes and bedding were donated after News 6 teamed up with the Salvation Army to host the drive. (Copyright 2022 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

“All of the things collected here are going to stay here in Orange and Osceola County. We do have teams all over Central Florida, especially in Southwest Florida. This has been declared a territorial disaster,” said Capt. Ken Chapman, of the Salvation Army in Orlando.

Items needed include:

  • Pre-packaged snacks
  • Water
  • Juices / Sports Drinks
  • Toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, body soap, lotion, toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Baby diapers, wipes and formula
  • Adult diapers
  • Blankets
  • Towels
  • Sleeping bags
  • Socks
  • Puzzles, coloring books, crayons, stuffed animals
Food items, water and more were brought in to the Salvation Army during Tuesday's supply donation drive. (Copyright 2022 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

Chapman said the most important items needed are for babies and older adults.

“Baby items and adult diapers, even. There’s a lot of seniors we are taking care of. Laundry detergent, dryer sheets, baby items, socks,” Chapman said.

The donation drive ran until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Due to the amount of supplies donated, no final numbers have been released yet for the drive.

The Salvation Army will be taking the next two days to count and organize donations before delivering the supplies to affected communities.

Campus leaders at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach have not yet set a return date after flooding and severe winds from Ian left significant damage to much of campus.

About the Authors:

Penny De La Cruz started working at WKMG-TV in September 2021. Before joining News 6, Penny worked at KSAT 12 in San Antonio, Texas.

Ezzy Castro is a multimedia journalist on News 6's morning team who has a passion for telling the stories of the people in the Central Florida community. Ezzy worked at WFOR CBS4 in South Florida and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, where she covered Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Being from Miami, Ezzy loves Cuban coffee and croquetas!