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Sanibel Taxi provided free rides following Hurricane Irma
October 11, 2017

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Sanibel Taxi gave roughly 100 rides to residents who needed them after Hurricane Irma blew through Southwest Florida last month.

Free rides were given to residents who needed to go grocery shopping, the doctor's, the pharmacy, the Sanibel Recreation Center and even to those who needed to pick up dinner.

"It started with a Facebook post that said we were going to give anybody a free ride to where they needed to go. We listed about 10 different places that we would take them for free. We would wait, and then bring them back at no charge," said Kay Claric, operations manager at Sanibel Taxi. "It's important for us to give back to the community."

The company even gave rides to residents flying in from the airport to check on their homes for at-cost. Some drivers even went as far as checking on residents at night, making sure they were OK.

"It's about what we can do to help others," Claric said.

The Facebook post was eventually seen by City Manager Judie Zimomra who shared it via email, allowing the post to reach hundreds of people.

"We were always asking Judie, 'What else can we do?'," Claric said.

In addition to giving free rides, Claric and her son, Kyle, also passed out free water to linemen and people who were cutting down trees. Claric and her staff also went to CROW to help them rebuild after the storm.

Although the free rides officially ended Oct. 1, Sanibel Taxi is still helping those in the community who need a lift.

"We want to continue to help," Claric said. "If anyone still needs help, give us a call."

Sanibel Taxi can be reached at 239-472-4160.

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