LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Even before the sun came up Thursday morning, volunteers were busy setting up, preparing for 24 hours of donations over the course of the next two days. All in an effort to help the victims impacted by the devastating and destructive storms, that hit the South and Midwest.
"This is an opportunity for individuals from our community to donate dollars to support disaster relief for this response," said Bobbi Larson, CEO for the American Red Cross Florida Southern Gulf Region.
People passing through the Miromar Outlets in Estero Thursday morning, stopped to help. Leaving a dollar or whatever they had to help, like Vivian Dawson.
"I just feel terrible for the people that have suffered these devastating loses, it happens in the blink of an eye and it could so easily be us," said Dawson.
Drives like the one in Estero, put on by the American Red Cross and Miromar Outlets help to continue the mission of the Red Cross and help those who need it the most.
"All the money that the Red Cross spends for our mission is actually raised from the community," said Larson.
Something members of the community just driving by or coming in for a day of shopping are happy to help support.
"If everybody gives a little bit it's amazing how much it amounts up and you're right, it can do an incredible amount of good," said Dawson.
The relief drive for monetary donations run's through 7:00 p.m. Thursday and continues 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday.
The Miromar outlets are located at 10801 Corkscrew Road in Estero, the drive is located in-front of the Reebok store.