Major cleanup efforts continue after Hurricane Ian.
Across Florida, North Texas volunteers and organizations are on the ground in Florida. Back home, a local business owner has raised thousands of dollars for hurricane victims.
Leon Brown of Lancaster is the driving force behind a social media mission to help victims of Hurricane Ian.
“If you look around my store, the shelves are empty, and the shelves have no clothes. People have come forward,” said Brown, founder of We Are the Help.
Her nearly 90,000 Instagram followers have helped raise $10,000 for 100 Florida families.
“A family, Bree and Marcus Smith from Fort Myers, Florida, stopped by. They were on their way to El Paso, and they were able to stop in here and pick up a piece of clothing. That’s a family we were able to bless with $500,” Brown said.
Bree and Marcus Smith spoke to NBC5 about the generosity they experienced during their trip from Florida to Texas, where they are now staying with family friends.
“That was a blessing. We were able to go down to El Paso, which allowed us to cover food and gas,” said Bree Smith.
The home in Fort Myers is flooded, and the extent of the damage is not yet known.
The couple is grateful that they reached out online and received Leon’s help when they needed it most.
“My message is: Let people help you. Let your pride go, because this is a time when we all need to lean on each other,” said Bree Smith.
If you would like to drop off clothing for victims of Hurricane Ian or the consignment store’s year-round mission to support local families, we ask that you first call Leon Brown at the store to schedule a drop-off time and day. : (510) 754-8880