The week after Hurricane Irma in LWR

As I sit in the office this beautiful Monday morning, I find myself reflecting on what a whirlwind (pun intended) the past 10 days has been for our community, and Florida as a whole. From not knowing where exactly the storm would hit, to the concern we all have for our families, businesses, friends, and community, to having to leave all we’ve built behind, it’s been a lot for many to handle.

At times like these, i’m reminded of how thankful I am to be a resident of Lakewood Ranch. To see how the community came together, whether it be helping each other with storm shutters, sharing supplies, volunteering our time in our churches and communities, sharing our road trip tips on Facebook, the sense of community is at an all-time high.

I’m looking forward to getting back to “normal”, planning our events and supporting our social clubs. I realize at times like this, having our friends and family close in our community is what really matters. It’s not the things we own, it’s the relationships we build.

We were extremely lucky in our town, while others were not spared as well as we were. Our community is there to help support our neighbors in whatever way we can.

We’ve tried to do our part by helping our community partners get the word out about all they’re doing to help support recovery efforts, and i’ll update this post with more resources as they become available.

  • Need food or water? The Food Bank of Manatee is here to help.
  • Want to give back? Visit Culver’s in LWR today, Monday 9/18
  • Want to share positive vibes? Paint and hide rocks as part of the LWR Kindness Project

Thank you for all that you do to support your community, and thank you for letting us be there to help support you as well.