John Travolta brings food and supplies to aid Florida's Hurricane Ian relief efforts, urges fans to help

'If you do want to help, you just contact volunteerflorida.org,' John Travolta said in a video message

John Travolta brings food and supplies to aid Florida's Hurricane Ian relief efforts, urges fans to help
John Travolta is one of many Hollywood veterans helping with the rebuilding process after Hurricane Ian's aftermath (johntravolta/Instagram)
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FORT MYERS, FLORIDA: John Travolta took part in the hurricane Ian relief efforts in Florida on Monday, October 10, and urged his 4.5 million Instagram followers to help out the needy. The Oscar-nominated actor, 68, said, “Hi, I just got to Ft. Myers with some food and supplies for those who were affected by the hurricane and if you do want to help, you just contact volunteerflorida.org.” The New Jersey-born actor sported a clean-shaven head with a goatee as he wore a black jacket over a black polo shirt.

The actor was seen standing in front of a jet with people carrying cargo into a vehicle with the words 'Scientology Volunteer Minister' on it. Rescue efforts continued, notably on the Sanibel and Pine barrier islands, which were shut off from the mainland by storm surges that devastated causeways and bridges near Fort Myers in southwest Florida. Over the past few days, workers from the Coast Guard, local governments, and private companies have used jet skis, boats, and even helicopters to rescue residents.

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Flooded roadways and washed-out bridges to barrier islands left many people isolated amid limited mobile phone service and a lack of basic amenities such as water, electricity, and the internet. Officials warned that the situation in many areas isn’t expected to improve for several days because the rain that fell has nowhere to go, with waterways already overflowing. In Florida, there were still some homes and businesses without electricity, although the number is down from a peak of 2.6 million. 

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Meanwhile, according to state officials, 102 people have died as a result of the hurricane in Florida. 111 individuals died in the natural catastrophe overall, with five of those fatalities occurring in North Carolina, one in Virginia, and three in Cuba. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stated over the weekend that leaders in Panama City, which sustained significant damage from Category 5 Hurricane Michael in 2018, will be part of the recovery efforts in the regions most severely affected by Hurricane Ian. 

“They’re going to come down on the ground, they’re going to inspect, and then they’re going to offer some advice to the local officials here in Lee County, Fort Myers Beach, and other places. You can do what you want. You don’t have to accept their advice. But I tell you that was a major, major effort,” DeSantis remarked. According to AP, as power was restored to more than 2.5 million homes and businesses on Monday, October 10, the Hollywood veteran was one of many helping with the rebuilding process.

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