Here’s How A+E Is Giving Back and How You Can Help
It’s been a little over a week after Hurricane Irma made landfall on our shores, but although Miami was spared, we’re just beginning to regain a sense of normalcy again. If there’s one thing we can all agree upon, it’s this: it could have been much worse. Despite the challenges, we dodged a Category 5 bullet—and if that’s not something to be thankful for, well, we don’t know what is. Our friends in the Caribbean, the Keys and on the west coast, however, are hurting right now. But like good neighbors, the Magic City is there. And the A+E District is ready to do its part. We’re partnering with United Way of Miami-Dade Hurricane Irma relief efforts. United Way is Miami-Dade County’s official volunteer & donations arm following a disaster.
We’ve redubbed our rooftop concert series, “Rooftop Relief,” and it’ll serve as an aftermath supply drive for those who were affected by Hurricane Irma. Brendan O’Hara will be holding it down with his guitar, keyboard and vocals using a live-looping technology that makes it sounds like he’s replicated himself into four uber talented dudes. Order up a drink or two (don’t worry, it’s for a good cause—all the bar proceeds will be going to Hurricane Irma relief efforts), enjoy the tunes (it’s Brendan, so that’s a given) and don’t forget to donate something from the following list:
• Canned, ready-to-eat items with pull tops (i.e. vegetables, fruit, etc.)
• Protein in pouches or pull top-cans (i.e. tuna, beef stew, chili, canned chicken)
• Snacks (i.e. granola bars, breakfast bars, etc.)
• Peanut butter
• Paper towels and toilet paper
• Cleaning supplies (i.e. mops, mop buckets, brooms, bleach wipes, bleach, garbage bags, bug spray)
• Electric fans
But you can also drop off relief supplies at this month’s Miami Flea. We moved the date to Sunday, September 24th, but you can still count on the same amazing vendors, craveable local grub and live jams.
Oh, and a word to the wise: skip the sandals and wear your favorite boots or sneaks instead. Trust.
And if for some crazy reason you can’t make it to either event, our favorite neighborhood coffee shop, Vice City Bean, will be collecting supplies from open to close. Stop in and fuel up on some of their signature cold brew on tap (yeah, it’s still 90-degrees outside), while donating to the cause.