The Hive, clients work on hurricane relief efforts

Special to The Sun

In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, local marketing firm The Hive Creative Consulting and its clients have developed various campaigns to help with relief efforts.

“This hit a little too close to home,” said Ali Weil, co-owner of The Hive. “It’s affected the members of our team tremendously, so we’ve seen first-hand the need there is.”

Weil explained that in seeing that need, the team at The Hive reached out to its clients and worked with them on ways to help give back and rebuild.

“Many of them already had plans in the works,” said Erin Bakker, co-owner of the Hive. “They were already passionate about the idea of helping out our neighbors, so organizing the plans wasn’t too difficult.”

The Hive’s clients’ relief efforts are as follows:

The Bean Team has partnered with a variety of other local businesses and Backroads Sports Network to send truckloads of donated items to the affected areas, and it plans to use the grand opening of its new Miramar Beach location on Oct. 30 at the Regus offices in Grand Boulevard as a donation drive for hurricane victims.

Southeastern Sash & Door plans to take supplies, food and equipment to Panama City on Sunday, Oct. 14. Donations can be dropped off at their office in Fort Walton Beach.

30A Interiors is helping collect monetary donations for the Red Cross.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast are collecting items for the Bay County Boys & Girls Clubs. Donations can be dropped off at the South Walton Club on Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach.

For more details about each client’s efforts, visit their respective Facebook pages.

“Our clients are so incredibly generous,” Bakker said. “They all jumped at the chance to serve their neighbors, and more efforts are in the works.”

The Hive has also started a drive of its own, the Community Comfort Drive. People interested in donating blankets, jackets, stuffed animals and other comforting items are encouraged to drop off items or have items shipped to The Hive’s office at 88 Lynn Drive in Santa Rosa Beach.

“We also wanted our chance to comfort those displaced by the storm,” Weil said. “We’re absolutely devastated by what has happened to our community, and we want to help in any way we can."

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