After what has been a catastrophic Hurricane Dorian for the Bahamas many Floridians are wondering what they can do to help.
The Association of Bahamas Marinas warned individuals against trying to take their boats to the Bahamas. Instead they encouraged “funneling as much of the relief effort through the Bahamas Red Cross Society as possible.“
West Palm Beach has many organizations who are gathering supplies and working with their counterparts in The Bahamas to deliver them to those in need.
Different organizations are requesting different supplies at different times, so make sure you read all the options to determine where to donate.
If you have extra supplies please consider donating them or you can purchase specific items from your local grocery store or Target. There are also opportunities to donate cash via gofundme‘s or Facebook donations.
1. West Palm Beach Police Department
The West Palm Beach Police Department has several officers who have volunteered to deliver Hurricane Relief to the Bahamas. Tomorrow, they will collect the items listed below from anyone wishing to donate them.
Donations will be accepted between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. tomorrow, September 4th, 2019, at the West Palm Beach Police Department, 600 Banyan Blvd., West Palm Beach, Florida 33401.
*Although it is appreciated we are unable to accept clothing.
Only the following new items will be accepted:
Water, Water Filtration Devices, Canned goods, Meals Ready to Eat (MRE’s), Hygiene Kits, First Aid Kits, Wet Wipes, Large Plastic Trash Bags, Mosquito repellent, Non-perishable dry goods, Towels, Gloves, Blankets, Chain Saws, Generators, Portable Stoves, Butane Canisters, Air Mattresses, Diapers, Baby wipes, Baby juice, Baby food, Baby formula, Cereal
Lysol, Disinfectant, Flashlights
2. Donate to Eagles’ Wings Foundation
Following the catastrophic destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian over Labor Day weekend. West Palm Beach-based Eagles’ Wings Foundation (EWF) has assembled a fleet of 40 planes and pilots, two heavy-lift rescue helicopters and a cargo plane to transport essential supplies and medical aid to the people of The Bahamas. Trained emergency response crews from the Eagles’ Wings team will begin assisting with on-the-ground rescue and recovery efforts likely beginning Thursday morning. A donation drive is also being launched with drop-off beginning Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m.
Donations now needed for the Dorian relief effort include: tarps, nails, hammers, wrenches, batteries, battery operated lights, solar lights, camp stoves, butane cans, small BBQ grills, Tylenol and Advil, bandages, antibiotic ointment, bleach, mosquito nets and spray, towels, sheets, blankets, air mattresses and pumps, toilet paper, tissues and hygiene products. Donations from the public are also being accepted at Pistache French Bistro, PB Catch, The Regional, and Rocco’s Tacos. Bulk donations are also being accepted Lewis’ West Palm Beach warehouse. Monetary donations can be made by visiting www.ewrelief.org.
Donations are being accepted seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Wednesday, September 4 at 514 E. 14th Street, West Palm Beach, 33401. This site will be accepting both individual donations as well as bulk donations brought in by tractor trailers and trucks. Monetary donations can be made by visiting www.ewfrelief.org.
3. Donate to World Central Kitchen
Via the Palm Beach Post: A culinary team from chef/humanitarian Jose Andres’ disaster relief effort has landed in West Palm to help feed first responders and storm victims.
In a matter of hours Monday, Chef Lindsay Autry’s Southern restaurant in West Palm Beach was transformed into the local headquarters for humanitarian chef José Andrés’ disaster relief team.
The kitchen, dining room and bar at The Regional Kitchen is now a staging area for Andrés’ World Central Kitchen team, primed to serve first responders and storm victims in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.
4. Phipps Baseball Park Relief Drive
Phipps Baseball Park is spearheading an effort in conjunction with Grand Bahama Baseball to provide relief.
4301 S. Dixie Hwy
West Palm Beach, Fl
After 9/15: Weeknights 6pm – 8:30pm
Contact: Brad Cubbage 561 715 5822
5. South Florida Science Center
Please consider purchasing the following supplies to help our friends in the Bahamas. You may drop these items off at the South Florida Science Center located at 4801 Dreher Trail, West Palm Beach FL 33405 starting SEPTEMBER 4th from 9am to 5pm. Currently, the list of supplies is as follows:
What is needed:
Generators (Please with no fuel in the tanks), Empty 5-gallon gas tanks, Extension cords, Chainsaws, Tarps (new and folded neatly), Portable fans, Tents, Batteries, Flashlights, Lanterns, Diapers, Toilet paper, Toiletries, Dog food, Water, drinks, and non-perishable food, Water purification tablets, Rubber gloves
Supplies received will be taken by boat to Grand Bahama and Abacos or lantana airport to be delivered by aircraft to the most heavily impacted areas.
6. O’Shea’s Relief Drive
O’Shea’s Pub was one of the last places to close and first places to open after the storm. They are dedicated to helping gathering supplies for the Bahamas.
You can drop supplies off at the following locations.
7. Palm Beach Outlets Supply Drive
Palm Beach Outlets will plan to reopen on Wednesday, September 4 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. following Hurricane Dorian.
Nordstrom Rack at Palm Beach Outlets is open September 3, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Outlets will also host a Bahamas Relief Supplies Drive starting on Wednesday, September 4 at 10 a.m. Visitors are encouraged to drop off much-needed supplies at the Customer Service desk located inside the Food Pavilion.
The following supplies are needed:
First Aid kits, Cleaning supplies, Canned goods, Box fans, Flashlights, Leather work gloves, Hand sanitizer, Non-perishable food, Water, Tarps, Tents, Toiletries, Diapers, Wipes (adults and babies)
For more information, visit PalmBeachOutlets.com or call (561) 515-4400. Palm Beach Outlets is located at 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach.