After Hurricane Ian, the Myakka family helped by Season of Sharing

Olivia McLees was awakened at 2 a.m. by the buzzing of her cell phone.

Staring at the screen, she couldn’t believe what she was reading – an app notification that her car had been unlocked.

Someone must be stealing it, she thought, frantically texting her mother but getting no response.

After losing power during the hurricane, Ian Olivia, 31, had left the home they shared on nine acres in the Hidden River community near the Myakka River. She and her daughters – aged 9 and 5 months – went to live with the baby’s father in Orlando, while her mother stayed behind with the cars, horses and nine dogs.

At 4 a.m. this October morning, Olivia finally heard a cryptic message from her mother saying, “I’m fine.”

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