PARKLAND, FL- Hurricane Dorian has now completed its path of destruction through the Atlantic Ocean. The islands of the northern Bahamas, including Abaco, Treasure Cay, Green Turtle Cay, and Grand Bahama have all been decimated beyond recognition. Local residents are struggling to find clean drinking water and food, let alone electrical power or transportation.
The people of South Florida and Parkland have been working tirelessly to help bring support and supplies to the Bahamian islands that are currently stuck with no help. Local volunteers have brought huge amounts of supplies to donation drop off locations around Broward County and Parkland as they find ways to help our Bahamian neighbors. Airstrips and docking locations have become busier than ever as supplies are collected, loaded, and transported to those in need.
As the people of the Bahamas continue to wait for more help from local officials and government, the support coming from family, friends, and neighbors has become increasingly valuable and necessary. Stores and gas stations are not open and electricity is not functioning, thus making life nearly impossible for most Bahamians. As the support and supplies make their way to people, it becomes increasingly obvious that the need will continue into the foreseeable future.
A local resident and organizer of relief efforts, who wishes to remain anonymous, set up the delivery of supplies to Green Turtle Cay. The resident has personal connections to the island and has been able to effectively get the supplies to people on the island. Many of the supplies are being collected at Deja Blu Restaurant, Laura's Ultimate Pilates, and Kol Tikvah. All three locations have become focal points for organizing the effort. Neighborhoods across Parkland have rallied together to collect the needed supplies, and flights are being made daily to the Bahamas to provide immediate relief for the residents.
"I am amazed and overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and compassion that Parkland has shown this past week! We can’t thank you enough for getting Green Turtle Cay the relief items so quickly," shared the resident organizer.
For more information about how to donate and support our Bahamian neighbors, please visit the Deja Blu web site or see the Deja Blue needs page in this article.