Marion County has partnered with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office to collect donations for those who were impacted by Hurricane Ian in South Florida.
While Marion County was spared from the worst of the hurricane as it passed over the state, many other areas were devastated by the storm. To help those communities, the Marion County Board of County Commissioners, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and Marion County Fire Rescue are hosting numerous drop-off sites for donations throughout the county.
The following locations will be collecting donations through Saturday, October 22:
- Marion County Administration (601 SE 25th Avenue in Ocala).
- Marion County Animal Services (5701 SE 66th Street in Ocala).
- Any Public Library System location in Marion County.
- Any Marion County Fire Rescue location.
- Brick City Adventure Park – Activity Center (1211 SE 22nd Road in Ocala).
- Forest Community Center (777 S Highway 314A in Ocklawaha).
- KP Hole Park (9435 SW 190th Avenue Road in Dunnellon).
- Southeastern Livestock Pavilion (2232 NE Jacksonville Road in Ocala).
- Marion County Utilities (1800 SE U.S. Highway 441 in Belleview).
- Marion County Solid Waste (5601 SE 66th Street in Ocala).
- Marion County Growth Services (2710 E Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala).
- Marion County Sheriff’s Office – Main Office (692 NW 30th Avenue in Ocala).
- Marion County Sheriff’s Office – North Multi-district Office (8311 N Highway 441 in Ocala).
- Marion County Sheriff’s Office – South Multi-district Office (3260 SE 80th Street in Ocala).
- Marion County Parks and Recreation – Main Office (111 SE 25th Avenue in Ocala).
A list of the items that are most needed, along with all of the drop-off locations, is available on the Marion County hurricane relief webpage.
Once all the donations have been collected from the above sites, representatives from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office will deliver those donations directly to the areas that were most impacted by the hurricane.
The state of Florida has created the Florida Disaster Fund as the official private fund to help Florida’s communities as they recover during times of emergency or disaster. Anyone who would like to contribute to this fund can do so by visiting the Florida Disaster Fund webpage or by texting the word “DISASTER” to 20222.
For more information on Hurricane Ian relief efforts, or to sign up as a volunteer, visit the Volunteer Florida Foundation website.