CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – Bill’s Donut Shop in Centerville has been collecting donations for Hurricane Michael victims for the past week.
Donations rolled in as early as Monday last week. Flash forward 7 days and Bill’s has almost loaded a donated semi trailer.
“It’s overwhelming. This community, everyone wants to give. But it’s hard to get it from A to B. We like to be the spot where everybody that wants to donate is able to,” said Lisa Tucker, the co-owner of Bill’s Donuts.
The images coming from the panhandle resonated with the staff. However, this isn’t the first time Bill’s has stepped up to help.
“We’ve done Joplin. We did Harvey when it hit Houston. We did Puerto Rico and now this one,” said Tucker.
Bill’s has taken in just about anything you can think of, but they are asking people to bring in what FEMA is asking for.
“Personal hygiene products, a lot of food that is ready to eat. Food that does not require electricity to prepare because some of the areas we are going in, they don’t anticipate electric for 2 to 3 months,” said Tucker.
Shovels are another key item that people need to clean up the mess left by Michael.
Bill’s Donuts hopes to leave for the panhandle no later than Tuesday afternoon. You can still drop off a donation if the trailer is still parked near the store. Please leave the donations inside of Bill’s, not outside of the trailer.