The 3rd Planet bike club, based at 3rd Planet Brewing in Niceville will host a supply drive for victims of Hurricane Ian, starting October 3rd and going through the 14th. Volunteers will be on-site to collect donations at the brewery from 3-7 PM.
The crew, supported by 3rd Planet Brewing, Strange Colt Brewing and Bayou Brewing, will collect the items and donate them in places that are most often forgotten after a storm – according to organizer Kim Henderson. She says that the bigger towns and cities get help after a storm – but smaller areas can get lost in the shuffle.
“When [Hurricane] Michael came through [the area] a lot of the focus was on Mexico Beach and Panama City because that was an area hard hit,” Henderson said, “But I know personally, I volunteered in areas north of there that maybe weren’t getting as much publicity as some of those but they had just as great a need.“
Extra Space Storage, the storage facility across John Sims Parkway from the brewery, donated a storage unit for the group to use. The bicyclists will store the provisions there until they are able to either take them to the affected areas themselves or give them to a group that is going to help. They plan to send the supplies down in about three weeks’ time.
Update: Props Brewing, a Fort Walton Beach Brewery has announced it will support the supply collection as well.
The group will only accept ten specific items which are in most need after a storm passes through an area:
If you’d like to volunteer with the bicyclists or make other donations – you can reach out to Amy at 850.376.9678 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.