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In October 2018, tragedy struck the Florida Panhandle when Hurricane Michael delivered the first Category 4 storm in the region’s recorded history. A short time after, the Moran Emergency Management Team was activated to work with Global Diving and Salvage, as part of the USCG’s ESF-10 response effort in the Panama City area. Over the course of the months spent there, the team of responders experienced first-hand the impact of the devastation. In an effort to support the communities in which they were living and working, the MER team initiated a local toy drive for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bay County. 

MER and Global Diving & Salvage joined together to sponsor the toy drive with the enthusiastic support of several other companies and agencies who were on the response team. Team members at ‘local’ resource centers in Savannah, Charleston, Atlantic Beach, and WRI in Jacksonville joined the cause. Collectively, they launched a campaign to collect unwrapped toys at each location. Ryan Harris, business manager out of the Atlantic Beach Resource Center drove a response trailer loaded with all the donations across Florida to the Panhandle. Neighbors, friends, and corporate partners joined the effort. It was truly remarkable! Locally, the Hilton Hotel Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa genrously offered to join the effort, ultimately donating two truckloads of items for the kids. Global Diving & Salvage wanted to engage their team in the effort as well, so they quickly set up a GoFundMe account to provide those who wanted to give, the opportunity to donate to the cause. This enabled not only their employees the chance to give but all of the MER community as well. At the local job site, the Global, MER and Mainstream team members donated toys and collected over $700.

 The Boys and Girls Club was chosen as the recipient because the organization serves youth, primarily providing young people with lessons in character, citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle. The Club had four facilities to serve the kids of the Panama City area. One location was completely destroyed in the hurricane, and two were heavily damaged. They are currently operating out satellite locations with the children coming in from the other facilities to receive support, services, and programming. The Clubs in the Panama City area are in the process of rebuilding. In addition to structural damage, they lost such items as sports equipment, video game components, art supplies, games, and other things necessary to provide the children with the programming they had previously delivered. MER and Global Diving & Salvage embraced the initiative championed by their employees and collectively donated $10,000 to help the Boys and Girls Club of Bay County rebuild and recover.  

The goal was to support the communities devastated by the catastrophe and to bring the initiative to scale with the participation and support of our employees, clients, partners, and friends. This was achieved above and beyond. In the end, the Boys and Girls Club of Bay County and the children and families they serve received donations totaling nearly $18,000 of monetary donations, toys, clothing, sporting equipment, and more.

The Club held their annual holiday party at the Frank Brown Park location in Panama City Beach for the kids on December 21, 2018. The local MER/Global crew spent the afternoon helping to set up for the event and joined the party. The highlight was helping the kids choose their gifts.  According to John Silva, MER’s Vice President of Response and Preparedness, “It was an amazing experience watching these kids come in to the room with all the gifts and how appreciative they were when they left. All of our guys really embraced the day. It was awesome!” 


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