Your blood is needed

OKEECHOBEE — One Blood is asking Okeechobee to donate blood, not just to help those with COVID-19 but also those with cancer, with injuries, those having surgeries, newborns, heart attacks and much, much more. Antibodies in your plasma (the liquid which carries blood throughout your body) are helping COVID patients recover. But all donations are […]

Our Village collecting school supplies for local children

OKEECHOBEE — Due to the concerns about spread of the COVID-19 virus, Our Village will not host their traditional “back to school” events this year, but they are still collecting supplies for local children. Business, organizations and individuals who wish to help are asked to send items in care of Leah Suarez at the Okeechobee […]

Many are helped by the equipment left after OMF

OKEECHOBEE — After each music festival, an unbelievable amount of camping equipment and supplies is left laying on the ground, abandoned. Gregg Maynard is normally tasked with gathering these supplies and making sure they go to people who need them the most. This year, Mr. Maynard estimates there was about 3,800 pounds of equipment left […]

U.S. Sugar donates green beans

CLEWISTON — As part of its ongoing local response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, United States Sugar is contributing nearly 1,000 crates, or the equivalent of 120,000 servings, of fresh, locally and American-grown green beans to employees, churches, health care providers and food banks across South Florida. “We are neighbors helping neighbors and trying to […]

Blood donations still needed

OKEECHOBEE — As area residents deal with fears about the COVID-19 pandemic, another medical emergency is on the horizon. Florida blood banks could face a shortage of donated blood. “A big thank you goes out to all who have responded to the urgent plea to donate blood,” said Raye Deusinger, local blood drive coordinator. “Stocks […]

Local church offers care amidst chaos

PALM BEACH GARDENS — In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, Christ Fellowship Church is caring for its community by providing groceries, personal items and care kits. The church is focusing its efforts on four populations: the food insecure, medical professionals, single parents and the elderly. The church is also providing spiritual support with comfort […]

Mother and daughter both need kidney transplants

OKEECHOBEE — When someone you love needs an organ transplant, your entire world tends to revolve around that need. Imagine what it would be like if two people you loved needed an organ at the same time. Friends and family of Bobi O’Neill and her daughter Tanya Christopher know exactly what that feels like, because […]

Donations sought for hygiene bags for those in need

BELLE GLADE — Light House Cafe and Ella’s Closet will collect items to make personal hygiene bags for those in need this Christmas. Items needed include: bath towel, wash cloth, socks, lotion, bath soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, shampoo, shaving cream, wide tooth comb, disposable razors, toilet tissue and peppermints. Donations can be delivered to The […]

Bahamas relief drive in Palm Beach County this weekend

PALM BEACH COUNTY — Palm Beach County is teaming up with Tropical Shipping and Carnival Cruise Lines to collect emergency supplies this weekend for residents of The Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. This relief effort has been sanctioned by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) of the Government of The Bahamas. Donations will […]

Dorian relief efforts for Bahamas under way in earnest

Relief efforts for Hurricane Dorian victims in the Bahamas are being mounted in nearly every community around Lake Okeechobee and across South Florida. Floridians are finding it only natural, not to mention a little heart-wrenching, to take the attitude of “There but for the grace of God go we.” It easily could have been us […]