Hope for Florida Families hurricane recovery event

Youngsters get acquainted with some of the puppies up for adoption Saturday at the Hope For Florida Families event.

The second of two storm-recovery gatherings in April was held Saturday at the Jackson County Agriculture Center.  The parking lot was full most of the day, and some visitors had to park across the road and ride shuttles over to the venue.

Agencies like the Federal Emergency Management Agency,  helping organizations like the North Florida Long Term Recovery Group, and some legal and banking vendors were set up inside. Those needing assistance with various needs were directed to the spots where they could find help.

Outside booths were set up on the lawn, and an inflatable slide was also there for the entertainment of children. There were lots of freebies, too, like plants from the Jackson County Master Gardeners, a clothespin catapult kit from a Girl Scouts of America troop, multiple gifts from the Florida Forestry Service and more.

Volunteers also served up hot dogs, burgers and other treats for the crowd.

Jackson County and the City of Marianna had teamed up to present the day-long disaster recovery fair that day. The Hope for Florida Families event began at 9 a.m. and wound down at 4 p.m.

Many disaster-recovery resource providers participated, including state and federal agencies as well as non-profit organizations, civic clubs and representatives of the two local governments. Mortgage companies, free legal services entities and many others with expertise in post-hurricane crises were on hand.

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