The side room at Bill's Donuts in Centerville is starting to fill up with donated items to be taken to Florida for hurricane relief. MARK FISHER/STAFF

Bill’s Donuts & partners to send a truckload of hurricane relief to Florida

How to help: Donations will be accepted through Oct. 22.

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Donated items such as book bags, batteries, soap, toothbrushes, flashlights, first-aid supplies and bug spray will be accepted through Monday, Oct. 22, then will be shipped the hard-hit panhandle region of coastal Florida, probably Mexico Beach, according to Lisa Tucker, co-owner of Bill’s Donut Shop.

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Bill's donuts is collecting donations for victims of Hurricane Michael. FILE

Since Bill’s first started collecting donations for victims of natural disasters, after the Joplin tornadoes in 2011, “whenever there is a disaster, our phone starts ringing” with people wanting to donate. 

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“In this community, everyone wants to help,” Tucker said. 

Tucker said McAfee Heating & Air Conditioning and Star Cartage Transportation Services collaborated to provide a semi-truck and driver to transport the donations.

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Other items that volunteers are looking for include toothpaste, deodorant, personal hygiene products, new socks or underwear, shovels, rakes and bottled water.

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