Show Your St. Augustine Pride While Supporting Hurricane Relief Efforts

Whether you were born here, moved here 20 years ago or even six months ago, St. Augustine has a way of growing on you. And over the last week, your pride for this town has likely grown exponentially. St. Augustine has truly banded together since Hurricane Matthew to support one another in this time of need.

Some restaurants have been offering free food, people have been buying hotel rooms for total strangers, canceling vacation rentals to make room for locals who need a place to stay, donating supplies, and in general being the most supportive neighbors anyone could ask for. Here is a list of events and products available that are supporting hurricane relief efforts in St. Augustine.

Friday, October 14th there will be an Art Show with Jenna Alexander at Nettles Fine Jewelry as part of the 1st Responder Weekend. All of the prints sold will assist the first responders affected by Hurricane Matthew. The Hyppo will be there with their popsicles, donating all of their profits from the event to the families.

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Danielle Waldrop sketched a darling design of St. Augustine landmarks. She’ll be selling letter-pressed prints for $30 and tee shirts with the design for $25 at the art show on Friday. Stickers will also be available for $5 from Dee Alvarado at SmartBiz Signs with 100% of the sale price going to relief efforts.

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Looking to snag some early Christmas gifts? You can grab this adorable STA STRONG necklace in silver ($60) or gold ($75) from Laurel Baker at Anchor Boutique. All of the profits from this necklace are going to hurricane relief efforts.

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The girls at Magnolia Supply are donating 100% of the profits from this ’70s inspired St. Augustine tee shirt ($32) to St. Augustine’s Hurricane Matthew victims. 

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This Saturday, October 15th, is the Bozard Ford Fill The Truck Event at Nettles Fine Jewelry. Donations are needed to fill the trucks donated by Bozard Ford. You can find a full list of the items they’re looking for here.

In addition to the fundraising efforts, many businesses are stepping up and offering discounts or donating a portion of their profits this month to hurricane relief funds.

The Bardot Beauty Bar will be donating a percentage of profits from their Halloween Pop-Up Beauty Bar to hurricane recovery efforts. (Add this one to your calendar for later this month.) The Pop-Up Bar will be taking reservations between October 29th and October 31st.

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dhdHome is offering special pricing and deep discounts on furniture in their store and 40% off of custom orders. For those looking to replace damaged and destroyed home goods, dhdHome’s “Make it Like Home Again” comes at the perfect time.

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Whether you make a purchase, a donation, or just lend an ear to a neighbor that needs to talk, let’s continue to support our fellow neighbors. We have a long road ahead of us, but we will rebuild. We are #STASTRONG!



Meaghan Alvarado is a freelance writer, yoga teacher, Flagler College alumni, and dog mom to three.


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