News 13 is very active in Central Florida and sponsors a variety of community events throughout our nine-county coverage area.

Osceola County Hurricane Expo
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Saturday, June 22nd

9:00 a.m. - 12 Noon

Kissimmee Civic Center, 201 E. Dakin Avenue, Kissimmee

Hosted by the Osceola County Office of Emergency Management

Now is the time to get prepared for the hurricane season!

This is a free event open to the public. Exhibits open at 9:00 a.m. with a hurricane panel at 11:00 a.m. which will include  Spectrum News 13 meteorologist Mallory Nicholls along with Director of Emergency Management Bill Litton, and a representative from UF offering information on food safety during disasters.   

Outside the ballroom will be a Touch-A-Truck event featuring fire and police vehicles from the City of Kissimmee, a bucket truck from the Kissimmee Utility Authority, and swamp buggy from the South Florida Water Management District, a vehicle from Osceola County Animal Services and an Osceola County Emergency Management response vehicle.  

Plus be sure to stop by the Spectrum News 13 booth to get your free mini lantern and 2019 hurricane guide while supplies last.


A Gift For Teaching is Central Florida's primary provider of free school supplies. More than 67 percent of students in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties can't afford school supplies, and more than 12,000 are homeless.

For every $1 donated, A Gift For Teaching can provide up to $10 worth of school supplies.

Supplies can also be donated during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Email B2SD@agiftforteaching.org to schedule a drop off. The top five essential items are:

  • Packs of No. 2 pencils
  • 8- or 10-count packs of washable markers
  • Pocket folders
  • 24-count crayon packs
  • Packs of loose-leaf paper

Spectrum News 13 is proud to support A Gift For Teaching.

Check out the website that connects ordinary people with volunteer opportunities through nonprofit organizations.

If you need help, or if you're considering volunteering, check out 211 Your First Call For Help.