The coasts are places we all love to explore and protect”especially in Florida, where Costa calls home.
One week ago today, Hurricane Ian made landfall on Sept. 28, causing catastrophic damage to Fort Myers, Naples and surrounding areas in Southwest Florida. Even though we were preparing and closely monitoring the storm with our local Costa team and cause partners across the Keys and Florida, the aftermath is far worse than we imagined, and these communities are suffering a devastating loss.
As #OneCoast, we will rebuild and restore these areas that have been drastically impacted by Hurricane Ian. Were proud to be a part of an industry, where weve seen countless brands, organizations and individuals step up to provide as much help as possible.
If youd like to join Costa in our efforts, here are five ways you can directly help those in need.
1. Contribute to Captains for Clean Water: Hurricane Ian Relief Fund on the Front Lines
Our friends at Captains for Clean Water have been boots on the ground from the get-go. Despite the loss of the CFCW office and many members homes, these captains and guides have been working around the clock”navigating the waters for rescue missions, setting up drop-off locations in Eastern Florida and getting locals the supplies they need.
2. Donate to WARF (Worldwide Anglers Relief Fund) to Support Local Captains, Guides, Crews + Outfitters
Professional and recreational angling is often the cornerstone of coastal economies, and the ability for these small businesses to get back on their feet after natural disasters like Ian is critical. The IGFA (International Game Fish Association) and Costa Sunglasses created WARF in 2017 to provide financial aid to local charter captains, guides and outfitters in the wake of major natural disasters. To date, the WARF has distributed a total of $225,000 to recreational angling associations. Learn more here.
3. Place a Bid or Host an Auction Using #FliesforIan on Instagram
Beginning as one Instagram auction by Josh Mills to raise funds for those impacted by Hurricane Ian, #FliesforIan has quickly gained momentum across the industry with auctions for guided trips, fishing gear and more. Already raising close to $50,000 in just five days, all proceeds from #FliesforIan auction will directly benefit IGFA and Costa WARF fund. Visit Mills Instagram page, @millsfly, to get involved.
4. Purchase Costa #OneCoast apparel, With 100% of Proceeds Going Directly to Relief Efforts
Established by Costa Sunglasses in 2017, after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria ravaged our coasts, #OneCoast continues to provide relief to those affected by natural disasters through the purchase of OneCoast apparel, direct donations and volunteering. Shop the collection here.
5. Spread the Word by Posting and Sharing on Your Social Channels
Join @CostaSunglasses #OneCoast mission by posting and sharing your stories to support those in need. Together we can make a difference.