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Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Aug. 30, 201706:40 AM EST

Salvation Army sends mobile kitchen to Texas

NEFAR seeking relief donations; ‘A Night with Newts’ to benefit North Florida Land Trust
by: Max Marbut Associate Editor

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The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida is sending its Jacksonville disaster canteen to Texas to support the Hurricane Harvey relief effort.

The unit will first travel to Pensacola, where the crew will receive its assigned location in Texas. The canteen is able to serve 1,500 meals per day.

“As we monitored the progress of Hurricane Harvey, we made preparations here in Jacksonville in anticipation of potential deployment of our mission to provide food, water, and emotional and spiritual care. We are asking for your prayers for first responders and for those in the community who have been affected by this storm,” said Maj. Rob Vincent, Northeast Florida Area commander.

Nationally, The Salvation Army has dispatched 42 mobile kitchens and two field kitchens to Texas. In addition to units already in Texas, mobile kitchens from Arkansas and Oklahoma were sent to the region over the weekend.

The Salvation Army also is preparing units in Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states to respond to flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

Information about The Salvation Army’s response to Hurricane Harvey and how to donate to relief efforts can be found at

OneBlood sends blood to Texas

More than 300 units of blood are on the way to Texas from OneBlood.  The nonprofit blood center serving the Southeast is stepping in to help after flooding is preventing blood centers there from operating.

To ensure enough blood is available locally and for Texas, the organization is seeking donations. For more information, visit or call (888) 936-6283.

NEFAR seeking relief donations

The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors is collecting donations for people impacted by Hurricane Harvey, as well as those experiencing flooding in Southwest Florida from Sarasota to Lee County.

They are seeking gallon-size zipper bags filled with travel-size personal hygiene items to be delivered to the NEFAR Service Center at 7801 Deercreek Club Road. The collected totes will be driven Friday to Orlando for shipment to the affected areas.

In addition to the personal hygiene items, separate zipper bags can include flashlights with batteries, fleece throws, ran ponchos, socks, sewing kits, insecticide, antibacterial ointments and other useful items.

40,000-pound donation from Land O’Lakes

Feeding Northeast Florida CEO Luke Layow carrying part of the 40,000-pound delivery of macaroni and cheese donated by Land O’Lakes Inc.

Land O’Lakes Inc. last week donated 40,000 pounds of  macaroni and cheese to help area people in need.

The food will be distributed to children and families, senior citizens and veterans through 160 social service agencies in eight Northeast Florida counties.

The donation is part of Land O’Lakes “First Run Program” that donates truckloads of products made and packaged specifically for food banks.

In 2016, Feeding Northeast Florida provided 12.3 million meals throughout its network. To learn about volunteer opportunities, visit

Susan G. Komen selects The Dalton Agency

The Dalton Agency, a Jacksonville-based advertising and public relations firm, has become the national creative agency-of-record for Susan G. Komen, the breast cancer advocacy, research and patient support organization.

The agency will work with Komen to define creative strategy and develop campaigns and materials to help the organization achieve its awareness, engagement and fundraising goals.

“Over the years, Susan G. Komen has saved millions of lives and impacted millions more. Breast cancer treatment has advanced significantly because of their investments in research, and they provide incredible support to people living with cancer,” said Jim Dalton, CEO of the agency.

The agency will support Susan G. Komen’s goal of reducing breast cancer-related deaths by 50 percent by 2026. Dalton and Susan G. Komen are developing awareness and fundraising campaigns for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

‘A Night with Newts’ to benefit North Florida Land Trust

North Florida Land Trust will host “A Night with Newts,” the first event in the organization’s new quarterly seminar series at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Manifest Distilling at 960 E. Forsyth St. Downtown near the Sports Complex.

The organization has partnered with The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and Manifest Distilling for the inaugural event. The zoo is breeding striped newts that will be released into the Apalachicola National Forest to help strengthen the native wild population.

Senior Herpetology Keeper Mark Beshel will talk about breeding the newts at the zoo’s amphibian conservation center.

Tickets are $10 and space is limited. Tickets can be purchased at

Also, the land trust received a challenge grant of up to $125,000 from the Delores Barr Weaver Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida for the purchase of the Bogey Creek Preserve.

The property is along Clapboard and Bogey creeks, neighboring Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park and the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve.

The organization plans to create a public preserve with parking access on Cedar Point Road, two miles of public walking trails with a footbridge and wildlife overlooks, a picnic area, two kayak launches and signage explaining the ecosystem.

Matched donations will help raise the $1.2 million needed to acquire the 63 acres and the $105,000 needed to cover the due diligence, land management and improvements to create a public park.

Those interested in giving should send their donation marked for Bogey Creek to NFLT, 2038 Gilmore St., Jacksonville, 32204 or donate online at


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