The Forgotten Coast will never be the same after Hurricane Michael.

That much we know to be true, because when the third most-powerful hurricane to ever hit the U.S. came ashore on Oct. 10, it eviscerated entire areas, including Mexico Beach, which was nearly destroyed. At least 35 people lost their lives in Florida alone, with 10 more perishing in Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia when it moved northeast.

But one thing those of us who live on, and visit, the Forgotten Coast have always known is that we take care of our own. And there is no shortage of need, so when someone asks, “How can I help?” the goal is to always have an answer.

Donations are the fastest, and easiest way to get help to those in need and there are several trusted organizations accepting contributions and serving families in the hardest-hit areas. All accept donations via phone or web. Participating organizations include:

Red Cross:

Salvation Army:!/donation/checkout

Samaritan’s Purse:

Franklin’s Promise Coalition:


Global Giving:

Volunteer Florida:


For locals, who are in driving distance of donation drop-off locations, the items universally needed across the coast are:

  • diapers
  • paper towels
  • toilet paper
  • latex gloves
  • coolers
  • gas cans
  • box fans
  • tarps
  • batteries
  • bottled water
  • hand sanitizer
  • deodorant
  • personal hygiene items
  • first aid kits
  • baby wipes
  • batteries
  • flashlights
  • manual can openers
  • non-perishable, canned food including canned tuna, chicken or salmon, meals in a can (soup, stew, chili), and canned fruit in its own juice or water. Those with pop-up lids are best.

You’ll be so captivated by St. George Island that you’ll want to find the perfect memento to share with loved ones who are missing out on this little slice of paradise. No need to worry – there are plenty of ways to bring a piece of the island back for family members, friends and all the important people in your life. Keep reading to discover four favorite souvenirs that will put a smile on anyone’s face.

  1. Seashells

The miles of pristine beaches that draw visitors to the area are a treasure trove of seashells, and beachcombers will enjoy collecting these unique samples of nature’s artwork. Seashells are also great souvenirs for visitors who are on a tight budget.

  1. A nautical antique

The Tin Shed, located in Apalachicola, features a seemingly endless, sea-themed collection of clothing, wood carvings and other treasures. Your favorite history buff is sure to cherish a selection from the shop’s collection of antiques, and it’s hard to go wrong with a stylish T-shirt for any recipient.

  1. Authentic local art

The Forgotten Coast is home to a wide range of talented artists, whose creations include unique jewelry, pottery, watercolors, photography and beyond. Island Dog Beach and Surf Shop offers a variety of local artworks for souvenir hunters; other local art hotspots include Chip Sanders Gallery, Sea Oats Gallery and many more.

  1. Books

Two Apalachicola bookstores make it easy for vacationers to find the perfect gift for any book lover. Downtown Books & Purl boasts a wide assortment of classics and new favorites. Forgotten Coast Used & Out-of-Print Books, on the other hand, specializes in rare finds that are often regionally focused.

Come To St. George Island

Yearning to dig your toes into the sand? Schedule your stay on St. George Island with a Resort Vacation Properties rental home today – we have room for the whole family.