CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. -- A group of people in Citrus County is working to collect donations for hurricane victims in the Carolinas.

  • Citrus County group organizes hurricane relief drive
  • Supplies will be sent to the Carolinas
  • Donations being collected at 123 Auto in Homasassa

When Donnie Simmons heard about this donation drive for the Carolinas, he quickly gathered supplies.

 “Everything else is going to the Bahamas and other places and they wanted to do something different and get something to the Carolinas,” Simmons said.

The barrier islands of North Carolina’s Outer Banks saw significant flooding from Hurricane Dorian, with the island of Ocracoke being one of the hardest hit.

 “We have some friends who actually live there who lost everything so we thought that would be a good way to donate to that place since we go there quite a bit,” Simmons said.

He’s one of the first people to donate at 123 Auto in Homasassa.

The goal is to get an entire container filled with supplies, which Container Solutions will transport to the Carolinas.

 “We need to get this filled with goods non-perishables water anything that people can provide that we can help others with,” said Jim Kanouse, owner of Container Solutions.

 “Toothbrushes, toothpaste, anything that you use daily that people probably don’t have right now, even like a hairbrush. People forget that’s important,” said Delaney Simmons, who was one of the organizers of the drive.

The group hopes to start the trip north at the end of October.

Donations can be dropped off at either 123 Auto or Container Solutions in Homosassa.