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Local shelters running low on supplies due to coronavirus

Posted at 7:07 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 19:07:25-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Patsy Brown brings donations from her neighborhood to Second Act twice a week
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“We just need more and more things for people that are not able to take care of themselves,” she said.

She said it’s really important to donate now because of the shortage of supplies there due to coronavirus.

“It’s terrible. It is terrible,” said Brown.

Megan Dalabes works at Abuse Counseling and Treatment, a shelter directly linked to Second Act. She said their warehouse of donations look like the empty shelves at local shopping centers.

She said they’re running low on the basics like food, water, disinfectant wipes, and toilet paper.

“We went to order the toilet paper online since that was the best way we could get it right now. And it was twice as much as usual,” she said.

She added this is a crucial time to gather those supplies since the people they help like kids who can’t go to school may need it most now.

A viewer sent Fox 4 a photo which they described as a pickup truck advertising hand sanitizer for $10 a bottle. Dalabes calls this heartless.

“Trying to really take advantage of the people who are most vulnerable and desperate. That’s upsetting,” she said.

if you see any price gouging, you can call the Florida Attorney General’s office at 1-866-966-7226 or file a complaint on their website. Price gouging is illegal during a state of emergency.