Hurricane Irma brought unprecedented and unanticipated flooding in Jacksonville, Fla., the largest city, by land area, in the continental United States. Floodwaters were as high as 5 feet, leaving families and child care centers devastated. Within 72 hours of the height of the storm, Save the Children established contact with three child-service organizations in Jacksonville that were significantly impacted by Hurricane Irma, and coordinated an Emergency Infant and Child Supplies Distribution on Thursday, Sept. 14. at the Jacksonville Children’s Commission. Beneficiary organizations included the Hubbard House women’s shelter, the Florida Baptist Children’s Home – Jacksonville campus and the Early Learning Coalition of Duval county.
Working with the Jacksonville Children’s Commission, and with the help of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, Save the Children distributed portable cribs, crib sheets, baby wash basins, infant hygiene supplies, diapers, baby wipes, pull ups, wellness kits, arts and crafts supplies, balls, children’s books, toys, dolls, card games, puzzles, coloring books, infant developmental toys, car seats, strollers, and more.
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