TAMPA (WFLA) – Many people in our Tampa Bay community are still feeling the effects of Hurricane Irma. Emotions are running high and the tension and stress are building under the heat of Florida’s sun.
Residents are asking WHY? Why is it taking so long to get power restored? Why is it taking so long for water to recede in their neighborhoods after their streets, homes and possessions were flooded? Why is it taking so long to get trees cut up and picked up?
Families are suffering and feel like they’ve been left to deal with life post-Irma alone.
We won’t let the happen! We are all in this together.
We aren’t only Florida strong, we are #TampaStrong, #St.PeteStrong, #ClearwaterStrong, #SarasotaStrong, #LakelandStrong, #PolkStrong, #BradentonStrong, #PascoStrong, #CitrusStrong, #HernandoStrong, #HighlandsStrong.
News Channel 8 is On Your Side giving back to our community. On Friday until 9 p.m., WFLA will present the 8 ON YOUR SIDE #FLORIDASTRONG Telethon.
We must have your help, too! You can help people get back on their feet by calling in donations to the Red Cross for Irma relief at 1-800-528-0808 or online at redcross.org/channel8wfla-pub. Your donation can do so much for those devastated by Irma.
As of 10 a.m. Friday, our WFLA News Channel 8 #FLORIDASTRONG Telethon has made $40,000. But we still need your help. Please call now!
In addition, you can drive through our parking lot at News Channel 8 at 200 S. Parker Street (between Kennedy and W. Brorein) until 7 p.m. to drop off items to the following organizations:
Feeding Tampa Bay – collecting non-perishable food, water
One Blood – needs blood donations from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Humane Society of Tampa Bay – collecting dry dog and cat food, treats, bedding, collars and leashes
Salvation Army – collecting gift cards and towels
United Way – online donations only at TBDisasterFund.org
Red Cross – donations to website redcross.org
Join our donation drive and you can meet your favorite News Channel 8 anchors, too.
IRMA STORIES –
- Deaf community demands apology from Manatee Co. after interpreter disaster at Irma press conference
- Irma Power Outages: 888,292 still without power in Tampa Bay area
- Sam’s Club waives membership fees to help Tampa Bay residents recover from Irma
- Missing boy, 4, found in water at St. Pete park, dies from injuries
- Lakeland 7-year-old dies after apparent carbon monoxide poisoning from generator
- Tarpon Springs shrimper back home after being caught at sea during Hurricane Irma
- Jacksonville men caught with stolen power pole strapped to SUV
- 8 dead at Broward Co. nursing home that lost power during Hurricane Irma
- Running generator likely killed 3 family members in Orange Co.