In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew there is a desire to reach out and assist our fellow Bahamians who were devastated by the storm in Nassau, North Andros and Grand Bahama, and there are groups already gathering and sending supplies in to the affected islands.
Persons seeking to assist need to be careful to follow some general guidelines to ensure they are effectively helping those who need it.
There are several groups on various islands gathering items to send to victims of the storm, but in our desire to help we need to be careful that we know who we are working with and be sure they are reputable.
We should also be clear on what items are needed by those in the various locations. One group may need water, another may need tools, and yet someone else may be looking for roofing materials. These needs also evolve over time, so seek updates.
Some may want to go and physically assist, giving time and labor to help clear roads, clean yards, and repair or rebuild. Especially in the hardest hit areas we must know that there is likely already little to no beds available, and that there may be shortages food and water and a lack of normal amenities so be prepared to care for yourself and to rough it if need be while assisting.
Below are several local groups who are assisting in relief efforts. Always be sure you are confident and comfortable with whoever you are dealing with.
Central Abaco Red Cross group – contact Barbara Johnson 554-8696 or Sarone Kennedy 475-2020
Jeremy Wong – Chelsea’s Choice accepting raw essentials to send via container. Not collecting perishables or clothing. Phone: 367-4842
Grand Bahama Children’s Home is in need of snacks and non-perishable food items. Donations can be dropped off to Hope Town School and Man-O-War Groceries.
For North Andros Assistance see Mr. Charles Moss, Senior Island Administrator – Phone: 699-0000
The Abaco Christian Council is accepting water and other items to assist and items can be taken to Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Station.
Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas – Contact the local Rotary Club of Abaco or any Rotarian.
As we get information of other groups assisting we will share it through our website and Faceboook.