Lake County residents know they dodged a devastating bullet and have seen the heartbreaking decimation Hurricane Dorian did to The Bahamas. Fortunately, Florida residents have hurricane supplies on-hand and there are immediate ways to donate those supplies, along with others, to people in need on the islands. Here are three effective ways to help now:
1. LOCAL DROP-OFF LOCATION
Drop off supplies (no clothing) to: Adventure Cove Mini Golf 4900 Lake Park Court, Mount Dora, 32757 (behind Frogger's restaurant) Drop off day and hours: Monday-Thursday 3:30 pm to 9:30 p.m. Friday- 3:30 - 11:30 pm. Saturday 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Last day to drop off: September 12
The supply donations (see list below) will be delivered to HeadKnowles Foundation's Orlando location. HeadKnowles is a Bahamian non-profit that succeeded in getting hurricane relief supplies to the islands after Hurricane Joaquin in 2015. The group’s efforts are being organized from Orlando, as well as the New Providence Community Centre in The Bahamas. According to its co-founder Lia Head-Rigby, planes carrying relief supplies to the northern islands of Abaco, Grand Bahama and Bimini are ready to go once the all-clear is given. 15 non-profit groups have come together to centralize their relief efforts, according to Head-Rigby.
Other Lake County locations collecting and delivering to the HeadKnowles Foundation can be added to this article by contacting Mount Dora Buzz with the location name, address and collection hours.
You can also drop off supplies to other local locations, but be sure to confirm the groups or individuals are delivering to HeadKnowles for the best chance of the supplies reaching those in need. Everyone has the best of intentions, but this challenging humanitarian effort requires experience with disaster relief to cut through red tape, and reach the devastated islands and the people most in need.
Be sure to label boxes with “HeadKnowles Hurricane Relief.”
NOTE: All boxes must be labeled “HeadKnowles Hurricane Relief.” Please see supply list below.
(no clothing please) Jugs or cases of bottled water Hand sanitizer Non-perishable food Gatorade Ensure Protein drinks High-protein bars Peanut butter Tarps Hammers & nails Flashlights Battery-powered lanterns D batteries Aspirin/Advil Pre-mixed baby formula Baby food Diapers (all sizes) Baby wipes Pet Food Bug Spray Paper towels Paper plates Paper cups Plastic eating utensils Toothpaste Feminine hygiene products NOTE: Clothing is NOT accepted
3. RED CROSS DONATIONS
Monetary donations for The Bahamas hurricane relief can be made to the Red Cross here or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669).
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