(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- In just a few hours after the Florida Disaster Fund was activated, Casey DeSantis, the first lady of Florida, declared Thursday night that more than $10 million had been raised to aid areas affected by Hurricane Ian.
The storm surge unleashed by the hurricane made landfall in the state on Wednesday afternoon as one of the most potent Categories 4 hurricanes ever, leaving millions without power and causing billions of dollars in damage.
The Volunteer Florida CEO Josie Tamayo commended Casey DeSantis for her leadership and expressed her gratitude to all the donors thus far.
The governor’s office remarked that: through the First Lady’s Hope Florida Initiative, the Florida Disaster Fund and Volunteer Florida are collaborating with the Department of Children and Families and Sunshine Health to open Family Resource Support Centers with one-on-one support for affected families. These centers will also have Hope Navigators and counseling resources available on-site for those who are struggling and need assistance.
Major donations from companies across the state so far included Walmart ($1,500,000), Amazon ($1,000,000), Centene Charitable Foundation ($1,000,000), Ian MacKechnie ($1,000,000), Florida Blue ($1,000,000), Lennar ($1,000,000), Boeing ($750,000), Publix ($500,000), TECO ($500,000), Simply Healthcare ($350,000), AirBnb ($250,000), Wells Fargo ($250,000), Verizon ($125,000), CVS ($100,000), Duke Energy ($100,000), Goldman Sachs ($100,000), Rumble ($100,000), Florida Power and Light ($50,000), National Christian Foundation ($50,000), PGA Tour ($25,000), and Horne ($25,000).
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Secretary Dane Eagle said that the DeSantis Administration had laid the foundation for their partnership with private-sector businesses to help deliver assistance to Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian.
Eagle said he is grateful to First Lady Casey DeSantis for spearheading this initiative.
The governor’s office also made public a list of significant companies assisting Floridians affected by the tragedy.
The list includes, but is not limited to, Publix, Lowes, Walmart, U-Haul, Expedia, Rosen Hotels & Resorts, Xfinity, At&T, Target, and Anheuser-Busch.