After seeing the devastation of Hurricane Michael, Mount Dora Police Department understood supplies are desperately needed for residents who have lost everything. On October 19 and 20, they will be accepting the following supply donations:
Pre-packaged bottled water
Toiletries (deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and wipes only)
Baby Items (wipes, baby formula, baby food, boys and girls pull-ups and diapers in all sizes)
Bagged Pet Food
These are the only supplies that can be accepted at this time. Cash or checks made out to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 147 will also be accepted to help relief efforts.
The drop-off location will be at the following: Friday (only), October 19 at Mount Dora Police Department, 1300 North Donnelly Street 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday (only) October 20 at the public parking lot across from the First United Methodist Church, 439 5th Avenue.. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Officer Ivy Severance at 352-434-2135. Learn how our local fire departments are helping in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, click here.
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Perched on a hill, partially obscured by shade trees, sits one of Mount Dora’s oldest churches. Mount Dora Congregational Church was built in four short months in 1886 with a price tag of $3,471.
Times have changed and so has the cost to repair the aging wooden church. Over a century of Florida weather has taken its toll on the church’s bell tower, which was completed in 1887. One of its large support beams is weather-damaged and requires a replacement. According to the church’s pastor, Gary A. Marshall, the estimated cost is approximately $40,000. Mount Dora Community Trust agreed to donate $20,000 if the congregation could raise the remaining funds. As a result, a gofundme account was established to accept community donations to help bridge the funding gap.
This isn’t the first time the community has pitched in the help the historic church. In 2014, a local business, PizzAmore, raised money to help the congregation repair the aging church’s spire, the pointed portion of the steeple.
The small church, located on the corner of Donnelly Street and Seventh Avenue, has a bit of a storied past. Reportedly, the small congregation’s guests at services included President and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge and the notorious gangster Al Capone.
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