Collier County is getting a big gift from an unlikely source to pay for recovery efforts after Hurricane Irma.
The United Arab Emirates just donated under $3 million to help families in areas still suffering after the storm.
It’s almost been a year since Irma hit Southwest Florida and many people are still picking up the pieces.
Now, thanks to the donation, organizations like Grace Place, which helps struggling families, won’t have to work alone.
Grace Place for Children and Families will get some of the funds to restore their food pantry.
United Way of Collier County will also get a portion of the money to continue their hurricane relief pantry.
And Collier County public schools will receive a part of the donation to help restore facilities in Immokalee and Everglades City.
“Friends always help each other out,” said Dana Al Marashi of the UAE Embassy. “It was natural for us when we heard the devastation that was caused by this hurricane, for our leadership back home to reach out and find some way in which we can help.”
The funds will also help 30 families in the Golden Gate community with home repairs where some homes still have blue tarps.