WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A West Hartford woman attending college at the University of Tampa has raised about $2,500 to help Floridians recover from Hurricane Ian.
Chloe Ottani, a sophomore and Hall High School graduate, started a GoFundMe campaign after the hurricane switched course from Tampa to Fort Myers only 48 hours before making landfall.
Knowing that her area avoided a catastrophe, she immediately wanted to help those who weren’t as lucky.
“It just made me so upset,” Ottani said. “Like, I generally felt like a family member or mine or someone I’m close to. With all these people, I just felt so driven to want to help them.”
Her initial goal was to raise $1,000 to buy items like baby wipes, formula, hygiene products, pet food, and cleaning supplies.
“When I went down, people were just so thankful,” she said. “It really had such a community feeling like driving around.”