With many people in the area still experiencing power outages or other negative effects of Hurricane Irma, and as part of the hurricane relief effort, two refrigerated semi-truck trailers filled with over 40,000 pounds of ice arrived in Gainesville at North Florida Regional Medical Center on Thursday.

Beginning at noon on Friday, Sept 15, thousands of bags of ice will be given out by the hospital, free of charge, to anyone in the area who is without power, has special needs or has been otherwise affected by the hurricane. Distribution will take place in the parking lot on the south side of the Cancer Center, from 12:00 pm to 7pm while the supply lasts.

With a large portion of residents in Archer still without power, a portion of the ice was given directly to the Archer Public Works Department to help members of that community.

The hospital hopes the ice will provide members of our community with a small pick-me-up in these moments of disruption and recovery.