Q: Hi Amy, thanks for sharing with us. Can you tell us where have you been doing recovery work?
Amy: I have been going to Bonita and helping to clean up some 55+ communities. Specifically I have been to the Citrus Park Community and the Imperial Bonita Estates.
Q: What's it like there in those communities?
It is hard to process what it is like. It is hard to imagine while driving around Fort Myers/Estero that a short 10 minute drive south has such sadness and destruction. The amount of trash (pieces of houses, pieces of trees, road signs, furniture, etc.), the smell and the piles of already collected and cleaned items is overwhelming at times.
Q: What needs are you seeing?
The greatest needs are moving large pieces of debris (both yard and house) to piles along the roads. The more people that come out and help the more we can serve and provide. Many of the residents have not yet returned because they cannot move items or clean items to even get into their homes.
Q: What sorts of things have you and the team been doing to help meet those needs?
I have been moving furniture, clearing debris, talking with the people who live in the community, and I have even had the opportunity to pray with them!