Now that Hurricane Dorian is away from the Bahamas, South Floridians are building caches of donation piles to provide relief to the hurricane-ravaged islands and cays.
Hurricane Dorian made landfall about 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 inched 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.
Donation tips from the office of Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody: Never give credit card numbers, gift card account numbers or bank account information to a caller on the phone or in response to an unsolicited email; Before donating over the phone or online, take steps to verify the charity or fundraising campaign; Avoid solicitors that use high-pressure tactics; Watch for charities with similar-sounding names — if you have questions, look up charity on CharityNavigator.org before giving.
Here are some ways to donate to Hurricane Dorian victims in the Bahamas.
- Fort Lauderdale: City of Fort Lauderdale Fire Stations, in partnership with Brightline, Tropic Ocean Airways and Blue Tide Marine are accepting donations from 9 a.m.-9 p..m. every day seven days a week at the following locations: Station 2 and Fire Headquarters, 528 NW Second St.; Station 3-2801 SW Fourth Ave.; Station 13-2871 E. Sunrise Blvd.; Station 16-533 NE 22nd St., Wilton Manors; Station 29-2002 NE 16th St.; Station 35-1969 E. Commercial Blvd.; Station 46-1515 NW 19th St.; Station 47-1000 SW 27th Ave.; Station 49-1015 Seabreeze Blvd.; Station 53-2200 Executive Airport Way; Station 54-3051 NE 33rd Ave.
- Oakland Park: The city, in partnerships with United Badges of Honor, American Red Cross, Kiwanis Club of Oakland Park, and Fire-Rescue, is collecting donations from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. seven days a week at the city’s Fire-Rescue stations: 2100 NW 39th St.; 301 NE 38th St. and 4721 NW Ninth Ave. 954-630-4335 or visit oaklandparkfl.gov
- 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.
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