JLEC to support Hurricane Michael relief efforts

Special to The Sun

In light of the recent devastation in Bay and Gulf counties from Hurricane Michael, the Junior League of the Emerald Coast (JLEC) has activated a variety of resources in support of those effected by the storm.

In partnership with the Junior League of Pensacola, JLEC is hosting a diaper drive in support of the Junior League of Panama City’s (JLPC) Diaper Bank.

The JLPC Diaper Bank was established in 2015 to provide clean diapers and supplies to families within the local community. To date, the Diaper Bank has served 11,850 diapers, 3,760 wipes, and 2,130 training pants to approximately 400 children.

Those wishing to contribute are asked to drop-off or ship baby wipes or disposable diapers of any size to the Grayton Beer Company, that is serving as a point of distribution for the drive. JLEC members will be accepting diapers and monetary donations at this week’s Best of the Emerald Coast event in Grand Boulevard.

Supporters can also visit Amazon, click Find a List for Junior League of Panama City to buy and ship directly to them.

In addition to the diaper drive, JLEC is also rescheduling this year’s Child Clothing Project to November (date TBD) in an effort to allow schools to adapt to the influx of displaced students, and potentially grow the number of students clothed this year.

Originally scheduled this week for Oct. 16 and 17, Child Clothing Project is JLEC’s signature annual community project. Over a two-day period, more than 400 children in need participate in a “back-to-school” shopping trip at the local Target store, where they receive approximately $100 worth of new clothes. Additionally, JLEC maintains permanent Child Clothing Closets at Maude Saunders Elementary, Van R. Butler Elementary, AMI Kids, and Walton Academy Charter School.

This year, JLEC will open up an additional 30 spots exclusively to students from Bay and Gulf counties who are displaced into Okaloosa or Walton counties due to Hurricane Michael. For more information, visit www.jlec.org/?nd=child_clothing