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Local groups look to Dorian relief efforts

September 11, 2019
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lee County and other parts of Florida were spared the wrath of Hurricane Dorian. Now local organizations have shifted their attentions towards relief efforts to get desperately needed supplies to the residents of the Bahamas whose lives are left in ruins.

According to the Associated Press, "Abaco and Grand Bahama islands, with a combined population of about 70,000, are known for their marinas, golf courses and all-inclusive resorts. Nearly half the homes were feared severely damaged or destroyed, the Red Cross said Tuesday."

The U.S. Coast Guard, Britain's Royal Navy, continues to work tirelessly on rescue efforts and now relief organizations including the United Nations, Red Cross and Salvation Army are rushing to get food, water and medicine to survivors.

According to LA-MSID Commissioner Michael Welch, there are some local ways people can safely send funding. One is through the Salvation Army.

"They have a grass roots command and organization resident in the Bahamas and they know their communities well," Welch said. "The Prime Minister of the Bahamas has been making appeals for funds via the Salvation Army because they are already on the ground."

Kara Jeudy, director of Development for Salvation Army's Lee County office, goes over the reasons why they are currently suggesting sending money over supplies.

In a statement Jeudy said, "Here's the guidance we've been giving for helping with the Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in the Bahamas:

A cash donation allows charitable relief agencies to use monetary contributions to purchase exactly what disaster survivors need. Monetary contributions are also easy to get to the disaster area. Moving a container of donated goods can sometimes cost more than the value of the items. Getting a donated commodity into containers and onto a ship, or onto a truck, across the sea to the disaster site, through the port costs and the customs' tariffs, quality checked, quantity checked and sorted, and organized into warehouses, incurs a cost at each step. Supplies can almost always be purchased locally at the disaster site and provide savings in multiple ways. Finally, money used to purchase needed items locally can support local and state economies, helping local businesses and workers, which have suffered losses in the wake of the disaster event."

Donations may be made directly to the Bahamas:

Mail checks to: Salvation Army World Service Office P.O. Box 418558 Boston, MA 02241-8558. Mark checks with "Hurricane Dorian International Relief"


Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY

Residents in Lehigh Acres can also make monetary donations to The American Red Cross inside Publix Supermarket located at 1324 Homestead Road, Lehigh Acres.

Animals in need

Hurricane Dorian also left thousands of animal's homeless and in need of food and supplies.

The Gulf Coast Humane Society, which is monitoring the situation closely at this time, has shared an updated list of charities to donate directly to that are helping the animals affected by this hurricane.

"We have shred a list of reliable organizations where people can donate. BAARK! Bahamas in Nassau suggests the following organizations where people can donate towards the animal relief efforts for Hurricane Dorian," Brian Wierima, Community Relations Coordinator at Gulf Coast Humane Society

You can donate to Animal Relief Efforts at the following organizations:

- Grand Bahama Humane Society

- The Abaco Shelter -

- North Abaco Potcake Rescue -

- Baark - /help-animals-affected-by-hu/ or

- The Bahamas Humane Society -

- Veterinarian Medical Association of the Bahamas - - Bank account info is First Caribbean CIBC Palmdale Branch ac # 201705185

- Caribbean Animal Rescue Effort (CARE) -

- Eleuthera Animal Rescue Society (EARS) -

- Briland Animal Rescue -

- Cat Island Humane Society -

For those making a food or supply donation, those most needed include:

- Bottled water

- Non-perishable food/can openers

- Dry nonperishable food

- Clothing (socks/shoes)

- Medical supplies

- Tarps

- Batteries

- Flashlights

- Towels/sheets

- Diapers/baby wipes

- Paper plates, cups utensils

- Trash bags

- Beverages

- Gloves

- Bug spray

- For pets, dry and canned wet food

Donation drop offs include:

- Fort Myers Brewing Company, 12811 Commerce Lakes Drive #28, Fort Myers, FL 33913

- Artisan Eatery, 8951 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33912

- Nature's Blueprint - In addition to non-perishable food items, hygiene and construction supplies, survival items like mosquito nets, tents, air mattresses and batteries welcome. 5811 Corporation Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33905

- Stokes Marine - 15955 Pine Ridge Road, Fort Myers, Florida 33908

- Stilwell Enterprises & Restaurant Group - 16876 McGregor Blvd., Suite 101, Fort Myers, FL 33908

- Norman Love Confections - 11380 Lindbergh Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33913

- Tropic Trailer - 9451 Workmen Way, Fort Myers, FL 33905

- All Out Bail Bonds - 2220 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33901

- Shell Factory and Nature Park - 16554 N Cleveland Ave, North Fort Myers, FL 33903

- Dr. Billy Truax - 2041 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33901



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