Fort Myers community getting donations to help recover from Ian

Reporter: Michelle Alvarez Writer: Paul Dolan
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Some of the destruction seen on Unique Circle. CREDIT: WINK News

Water, baby supplies, bedding and more are all going to a Fort Myers community that is in real need of it.

Homes on Unique Circle in Lee County were devastated by the storm, and a lot of people are trying to recover.

What the area on Unique Circle looked in Fort Myers looked like during Hurricane Ian. CREDIT: WINK News

Ellen Baker posted on the Nextdoor app pleading with people to donate supplies to a small trailer park where families are living called Unique Circle.

“When I saw how well my community fared and saw what was going on out there, I knew I had to help, so I just put a simple post up like, you know, ‘Hey, can we get together, let’s band together and bring some supplies to any of the neighborhoods, you know, any place that was claiming they needed stuff,'” Baker said. “And it’s grown in three days, it’s like a business almost. So, I said, ‘Alright, let’s go to Unique Circle today.’ Somebody said, ‘Go to Unique Circle.’ I’ve never seen anything like that in my entire life, ever. We don’t know if they’re empty or they’re full. And we went around about six times, very slow, very slow. We emptied the whole SUV. A woman would come out with maybe a little bag of garbage, and we’d say… and they speak a lot of Spanish, but we got around that, we got around that; that was good.”

WINK News loaded up a few cars with supplies and went to Unique Circle, where damage from the storm still looks devastating.

Donations to the community on Unique Circle in Fort Myers. CREDIT: WINK News

Joseph King and his wife saw Baker’s Nextdoor post and decided to help.

“I will tell you, it hurt real bad, and it’s just, it’s just too much,” King said. “But with the grace of the Lord, we just help them the best we can, to bring some kind of peace and joy to their heart.”

“It’s satisfying, but that’s fine. I have what I need in life,” Baker said. “I can give what I can and help where I can and what I can. And that’s what I’m doing.”

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