Carrie Correia of the Lake City, Florida Catholic Charities manages a community bulk distribution point at Gar Pond on the outskirts of Lake City. Disaster relief supplies are provided by the American Red Cross and Feeding America.
American Red Cross disaster relief supplies include: comfort and clean-up kits and tarps. Feeding America provides water and meals pre-packaged for four persons.
Carrie has been at the site, twelve hours a day, since Thursday June 28 and expects the distribution point to remain open as long as there is a need and the supplies keep coming.
One of the earliest beneficiaries of the site was the family of Jacob and Lana Critchlow whose home was flooded by the rains of Tropical Storm Debby and cut-off from the community. The Critchlow family evacuated their home by boat and went to friends until the flood water receded. Immediately upon hearing of the distribution point opening in late June the Critchlow family began shuttling disaster relief supplies by boat from the distribution site back into the neighborhood.
Today, July 1, 2012 the Critchlow family was able to drive from their home to receive additional clean-up kits and drinking water. The flood water is slowly receding, but it will be several days before the situation is completely resolved. Lana Critchlow expressed the gratitude of not only her family, but of the entire community, for the rapid response of the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, Feeding American and the other community partners who assisted the Lake City residents.