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#BahamasStrong: Where to donate to help hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

Sun Sentinel logoSun Sentinel 9/4/2019 By Scott Travis, Dan Sweeney and Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel

Now that Hurricane Dorian is finally churning northward and away from the Bahamas, South Floridians are growing restless about sending relief to the hurricane-ravaged islands and cays.

Hurricane Dorian made landfall around noon Sunday over Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco where it caused severe damage due to sustained winds and widespread flooding. After stalling over the Bahamas, the ferocious storm finally begin inching northwest on Tuesday morning.

South Florida residents and city officials, meanwhile, shared messages of support and news of donation drop-off locations under the hashtag #BahamasStrong.

“It’s horrible what happened in the Bahamas. In Palm Beach County, we’re feeling a major relief, but we’re also crying for the people impacted, most of who have very little," said J.C. Csonka, a diver, fisherman and boater who frequents the Bahamas.

Here are some ways to donate to Hurricane Dorian victims in the Bahamas.

Broward

Hope 4 Hope Town – Abaco Islands Relief Fund, organized by Nashville singer-songwriter Patrick Davis that has so far raised $165,000, is accepting donations on its GoFundMe page. The relief fund was organized with help from 20 Broward County businesses, including Rotella Group, Stiles Corporation, and JetScapes Tropic Air and the Riverside Market. Dropoff locations will be at the Riverside Market (6900 Cypress Road, Plantation; 608 SW 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale; and 3218 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale); Tarpon River Brewing (280 SW 6th St, Fort Lauderdale); DiBianchi Real Estate (642 NE Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-348-9455); the Jetscape Alpha FBO Hangar (350 SW 34th St., Fort Lauderdale); and Atlantic Yacht (850 NE Third St., #213, Dania Beach). Accepted are medical supplies, bottled water, baby food, hygiene products, tents and tarps. Organizers expect to deliver supplies by Friday.

Marine businesses BC Surf and Sport, SunDance Marine and Preferred Marine are collecting food and water, construction items and hygiene products at the following drop-off points: Preferred Marine (1631 S. Dixie Highway, Suite D2, Pompano Beach); Sundance Marine (2051 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale and 491 S. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach); and BC Surf and Sport (1701 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale). The group, called BahamaStrong Hurricane Relief, also accepts online donations.

Circ Hotel (1780 Polk St., Hollywood) will sell a $10 yellow-and-blue “Bahamian Believer” cocktail inspired by the Bahamian flag, with $5 of each drink sale donated to Hope 4 Hope Town. The hotel, also a drop-off location for hurricane relief supplies (clothing won’t be accepted), will transport deliveries to the Bahamas via Atlantic Yacht and Ship in Dania Beach. Go here for a list of accepted donations.

United Way of Broward County (1300 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-4850) is collecting donations for its Hurricane Dorian Fund. Go to unitedwaybroward.org/donate.

Press and Grind Café (474 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale), a juice and coffee bar working with customers in the yachting industry, will send donations via boats sailing from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas on Sept. 7. Collections will be accepted 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Sept. 6.

Lips (1421 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park), the drag queen emporium, restaurant and bar, is giving 10 percent off checks for those who donate at least three nonperishable cans of food. Call 954-567-0987 or go to FlaDragShow.com.

The Margate Police Department and the Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Rescue Department is hosting a joint collection drive from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at these locations: Fire Station 18: 5785 Park Drive, Margate; Fire Station 58: 600 N. Rock Island Road, Margate; Fire Station 98: 5395 NW 24th Street, Margate; Fire Station 94: 4455 Sol Press Boulevard, Coconut Creek; and Fire Station 50: 4500 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek. Go to MargateFl.com.

Food for the Poor is accepting canned meats, canned fish, canned milk and disposable diapers from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays starting Wednesday at its warehouse at 6401 Lyons Road in Coconut Creek. Items should be taken directly to the warehouse, following the driveway around the right side of Food For The Poor No other types of items will be accepted.

Interiors by Steven G. is accepting donations for the relief effort sponsored by Elbert Hepburn, a Bahamas native who owns the Freeport-based Elnet Maritime Agency. Supplies can be dropped off at 2818 Centerport Circle, Pompano Beach, just west of Interstate 95 near the Copans Road exit. Call 954-592-3332 for more information.

Koinonia Worship Center, 4900 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd, Pembroke Park, is accepting supplies such as batteries, flashlights, trash bags, medical supplies and personal hygiene products stating at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The Residence Inn, 5730 N. State Road 7, Coconut Creek, is accepting donations. Three trips are planned starting Thursday to drop off water, hurricane supplies, clothes, canned goods, non-perishable food, medical supplies, tools and equipment.

The Lions Club of Dania Beach is taking donations of batteries, wipes, water, toiletries, tents, plastic silverware, generators, phone chargers, paper/plastic cups, paper towels, paper plates, nonperishable food, heavy duty gloves, hand sanitizer, garbage bags, flashlights, battery-operated fans, diapers, manual can openers and feminine hygiene products at 501 S.W. Fourth Ave., in Dania Beach.

O-Sea-D Sportfishing, along with other local fisherman and businesses in Lighthouse Point and Pompano Beach, will send 36 volunteer boats and a plane to the Bahamas later this week. Donations (nonperishable foods, first-aid kits, toiletries, batteries, bug spray) will be collected at H.S. White Corporation, 1350 S. Dixie Highway East, Pompano Beach).

The city of Pembroke Pines is offering multiple drop-off locations for Bahamas-related supply donations. They are: City Center, 601 City Center Way (8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Sept. 5, Monday-Thursday thereafter); the Carl Schecter Southwest Focal Point Senior Center (8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Sept. 5, Monday-Thursday thereafter); and six Pembroke Pines fire stations. No clothing will be accepted. Call 954-392-2130 or go to PPines.com.

The fishing community’s Abaco Relief group is accepting donations at Abaco Holdings Co. (940 Eller Drive, Fort Lauderdale), Blanchard Machinery (1890 NE 150th St., North Miami), Pipewelders/High Sea Electronics (2965 W. State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale), SeaHunter (99 Morris Ave., Key Largo), Grand Slam Boats (1004 N.W. First St., Bay 1, Fort Lauderdale), American Custom Yachts (6800 S.W. Jack James Drive, Stuart), Plantation Boat Mart and Marina (2359 PGA Blvd., #101, Palm Beach Gardens and 90400 Overseas Highway, Tavernier), AllWeather Patio Outdoor (4940 N.W. 167th St., Miami Gardens and 2050 N. University Dr., Sunrise), Miami Outboard Club (1099 MacArthur Causeway, Miami), Crook and Crook (2795 S.W. 27th Ave., Miami) and the art studios of Dennis Friel (1515 N. University Dr., #105, Coral Springs). They’re accepting tarps, nails, hammers, wrenches, batteries, battery-operated lights, solar lights, camp stoves, butane cans, small barbecue grills, acetaminophen and ibuprofen, bandages, antibiotic ointment, bleach, mosquito nets and spray, towels, sheets, blankets, air mattresses and pumps, toilet paper, tissues, hygiene products, baby food and formula, diapers, candles, matches, utensils, canned foods, MREs, paper plates and cups, paper towels and trash bags.

Community Emergency Operations Centers, a Liberty City-based coalition of local advocacy groups (Community Justice Project, Family Action Network Movement, Catalyst Miami, Make the Homeless Smile Miami and others), is accepting donations of batteries, tool kits, paper supplies and trash bags, medical supplies and hygiene products. Donations will be accepted 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 4-6. Drop-off locations are: Circle of Brotherhood (5120 NW 24th Ave., Miami, 786-877-7826); Old Dillard Museum (1009 NW Fourth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-507-2095) and Pizza Time Caffe (6620 Parkside Drive, Parkland, 954-345-8665).

Palm Beach

Island Tyme charters at the Palm Beach County Park/Lantana Airport (2633 Lantana Road, Lake Worth) is accepting donations for Csonka’s group as soon as the airport reopens.

All Rocco’s Tacos restaurant locations (Fort Lauderdale, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens) are now accepting donations of small items. Large items can be dropped off at 514 14th St., West Palm Beach. The restaurant partnered with the Eagles Wings Foundation.

O’Shea’s Irish Pub (531 Clematis St., West Palm Beach) is collecting tarps, water, canned goods, MREs, hygiene kits, generators, bleach and other essentials at its bar. They will be distributed to the Bahamas via Tropix Express, a private airplane courier in Fort Lauderdale. Other drop-off points: Anytime Marine Services, 950 W. 13th St., Riviera Beach; and Islandtyme Charters, 2633 Lantana Road, Lantana.

Palm Beach Outlets’ Customer Service desk inside the Food pavilion (1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-515-4400) will be accepting donations beginning 10 a.m. Sept. 4. Find a list of acceptable donations here.

iPic, the luxury movie-theater chain, will host a Hurricane Dorian Relief Supply Drive at the Guest Services desk at these locations and times: iPic Boca Raton (301 Plaza Real, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily); iPic Delray Beach (25 SE Fourth Ave., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily); and iPic North Miami Beach (3701 NE 163rd St.). Acceptable donations, which be in original sealed packaging, include canned food, bottled water, toiletries, solar charges, inflatable mattresses, generator and hand-crank radios.

Boca Raton-based Cross Catholic Outreach, working with Catholic Charities of Miami and the Archbishop of Nassau, is planning to ship 540,000 nutrient-rich meals to Bahamas residents. The charity is accepting monetary donations only on its website.

The Junior League of Boca Raton is partnering with Boca Raton Fire Rescue for Bahamas relief, and will collect donations at its headquarters at Vegso Community Resource Center (261 NW 13th St., Boca Raton, 561-620-2553, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday). Donations will then be delivered to city firehouses 1 and 5. The Junior League’s Diaper Bank will also donate 10,000 diapers to the Bahamas, and those unable to donate in person can sent supplies via Amazon.com.

Legacy Baseball and Grand Bahama Baseball is collecting supplies at these drop-off points: Okeeheelee Baseball (Ellis Building, 7715 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 7 or 6-8 p.m. weeknights); Phipps Park Baseball (4301 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach (6-8:30 p.m. weeknights after Sept. 15); Lake Worth Sports Complex (900 22nd Ave., North, Lake Worth, 6-8:30 p.m. weeknights); and Customize That! (495 NE Fourth St., Suite 4, Delray Beach, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays).

Miami-Dade

The city of Miami has organized an effort called BahamaStrong. Donations are being accepted at fire stations and churches throughout the city. miamigov.com/Government/BAHAMASTRONG

Community Emergency Operations Centers, a Liberty City-based coalition of local advocacy groups (Community Justice Project, Family Action Network Movement, Catalyst Miami, Make the Homeless Smile Miami and others), is accepting donations of batteries, tool kits, paper supplies and trash bags, medical supplies and hygiene products. Donations will be accepted 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 4-6. Drop-off locations are: Circle of Brotherhood (5120 NW 24th Ave., Miami, 786-877-7826); Old Dillard Museum (1009 NW Fourth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-507-2095) and Pizza Time Caffe (6620 Parkside Drive, Parkland, 954-345-8665).

The Town of Miami Lakes is working with the Bahamas’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs to host a donation drive for canned goods, hygiene items and cleaning supplies at Town Hall, 6601 Main St. Larger items (or larger quantities) will only be accepted at the Fuchs Pavilion at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds, 10901 SW 24th St., Miami.

MV Group USA, a Miami-based construction company, is teaming up with Sunset Pediatrics to deliver Bahamas aid. Drop-off locations are: MV Group USA (1200 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305-668-3122); Sunset Pediatrics, 7300 SW 62nd Place, South Miami, 305-661-1962); and Your Insurance Attorney (2601 S. Bayshore Drive, 18th Floor, Coconut Grove, 305-444-5969). Supplies will be sent to the Bahamas via Tamiami Airport.

The Archdiocese of Miami (9401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores, 305-762-1046, TheAdom.org) is currently accepting Bahamas-related money donations through Catholic Charities. The charity will not accept donations of supplies.

More organizations

World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit founded by celebrity chef José Andrés, is accepting donations to provide high-quality meals to residents in hurricane-affected areas. donate.wck.org/give/236738/#!/donation/checkout

The Bahamas Red Cross is accepting financial donations at bahamasredcross.org. South Florida chapters of American Red Cross are focusing on U.S. relief efforts.

Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian aid organization that dispatches emergency responders to disaster areas, will distribute solar lanterns later this week in the Bahamas. The group is collecting donations here, or call them at 1-888-747-7440.

Sun Sentinel staff writers Lisa Huriash, Rod Stafford Hagwood, Kari Barnett, Daniel Sweeney, Cindy Kent and Scott Travis contributed to this report.

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