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How you can help Hurricane Dorian survivors in the Bahamas

Relief funds established in wake of deadly storm

Flooding, deaths and overall destruction -- there's no denying or downplaying the devastation Hurricane Dorian has caused in the Bahamas.

The massive Category 5 storm lingered over the islands, serving up hours upon hours of severe weather.

As of Friday, officials said the storm killed at least 30 people as it destroyed homes and saturated neighborhoods while strong winds whipped trees and buildings were pummeled.

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While the full extent of the wreckage has not yet been determined, already groups are organizing fundraisers and supply drives for those survivors who need it most.

Below is a list of ways you can help the people of the Bahamas.

Water Mission plans to send clean drinking water to the islands. You can donate here.

World Central Kitchen's Chef Relief Team members are in Nassau to begin providing meals as soon as the storm passes. You can click here to contribute to the cause.

Heart to Heart International has already sent response teams, including a mobile medical unit, to the Bahamas and hopes to send more. Donations are being accepted here.

Bahamas Red Cross Society is seeking donations of nonperishable goods, baby supplies, cleaning items and bedding. Donation information is available at this link.

Save the Children is monitoring the situation in the Bahamas and plans to help. The nonprofit is collecting donations online.

Don Julio Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar will donate all its profit from Monday, Sept. 16 to Bahamas disaster relief.

4 Rivers and The Coop will open Sunday to raise money for The Bahamas. Read more details here.

Dechoes Resale has teamed up with the Abaco Relief Alliance to collect supplies to donate to the Bahamas. Batteries, towels, clothing, medicine and other items can be dropped off Thursday until Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the shop locations at  2110 Edgewater Dr., Orlando and at 2525 East Colonial Dr., Orlando. Click here for more information.

Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida has teamed up with other local organizations to host a supply drive for the Bahamas. The collection center will open at 10 a.m. Thursday. Items on the supply list include life jackets, hand sanitizer, can openers, pet food, water purification devices and bug repellent. The collection center is at 1717 Harrell Road in Orlando.

Orlando pastor Dr. Durone Hepburn, president of the nonprofit Project Life, plans to send a 40-foot trailer filled with donated supplies including water, canned food and medical supplies, to send to the Bahamas. Donations can be dropped off at 2550 W. Colonial Drive, Suite 300 in Orlando. Anyone willing to help with the effort is asked to call 407-242-2350 or email info@projectlifenow.org.

Ace Cafe Orlando is serving as a drop off location for supplies. Anyone who fills and donates a 13-gallon bag will receive a $50 Hart and Huntington gift card and a free appetizer card. Items can be dropped off at 100 West Livingston Street in Orlando. More information is available here.

The Salvation Army has a team prepared to respond in the Bahamas to supply food, water and other much-needed items. Donations can be made online here, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or by mailing a check to The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301. "2019 Hurricane - Dorian" should be designated on all checks. 

The City of Deltona is coordinating with the Bahamian Consulate of Miami to get supplies to the Bahamas. Items can be dropped off at the Lakeshore Community Center between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays until Sept. 30.

Gypset, an Orlando-based jewelry maker, is offering 25% off all purchases with a portion of the proceeds going to relief efforts in the Bahamas when customers use the code "Dorian." More details have been posted on Gypset's Facebook.

New Life Christian Fellowship is collecting bandages, tarps, toothpaste, blankets, flashlights and more to donate. Items can be dropped off at 6755 S. Washington Ave. in Titusville.

The Oviedo Mall will be accepting donations Monday through Sept. 13. Items can be dropped off in the west wing near Claire's. Click here for more information.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation has set up a site with verified ways to submit donations and mail supplies. The link is available at Bahamas.com/Relief.

Rep. Anna Eskamani is organizing a supply drive beginning Monday in Orlando. Water, bug spray, sunscreen, canned food and other supplies can be dropped off at 1507 East Concord St., Orlando. More details here

Covenant House, a group that provides emergency shelter to youths, plans to mobilize in the Bahamas. Donation information is available here.

International Medical Corps plans to deliver critical health care to island residents. You can click here to donate to the cause.

Air Unlimited, a Florida-based airline, is organizing relief flights to the Abaco Islands. Monetary donations are being collected here and supplies such as flashlights, first aid kits, rope and more can be dropped off at Air Unlimited's location at 4130 Centerline Lane in Sanford from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at Central Florida Sonny's BBQ restaurants. Donors are urged to call 407-585-4300 to ensure the Air Unlimited location is open before arriving.

The National Association of the Bahamas has created an online fundraiser for hurricane relief efforts here.

The Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition, Inc. plans to donate 100% of proceeds from its GoFundMe to the people of the Bahamas.

All Hands and Hearts Smart Response, which helps communities after natural disasters, is looking for both donations and volunteers willing to help areas affected by Hurricane Dorian. You can sign up here.

Good360 is seeking donations of water, personal care items, tarps, portable charges and more. Further information is available online.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is hosting a supply drive now through Sept. 13. Personal hygiene items, solar-powered chargers, diapers, water, shovels and more can be donated at the front lobby at any of the five district offices in the Tampa area. Click here for the locations.

Lake Forrest Preparatory School is holding a supply drive on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Diapers, feminine products, gloves, blankets and non-perishable items can all be donated at 866 Lake Howell Road in Maitland.

Mercy Corps. is mobilizing a team of emergency responders to help with relief efforts in the Bahamas. You can click here to donate to the cause.

Brookdale Senior Living in Ocoee has teamed up with Metro Garage Door of Winter Garden and Front Row Bar and Grill in Ocoee to host a donation drive. Anyone who donates will receive a raffle ticket to win a prize. Diapers, fuel cans, toiletries, antibiotic ointment, mosquito nets and toilet paper are among the items being collected. Donations should be dropped off to the concierge desk at 80 North Clark Road in Ocoee by Sept. 25.

Burgey's Tiki Hut is asking customers to donate batteries, canned food and other items at its location at 1010 Main Street in Daytona Beach. More details are available on the restaurant's Facebook page.

The Abaco Club on Winding Bay has created a GoFundMe to assist the people of Abaco with food, shelter and supplies.

GoFundMe has created a centralized hub of all the verified donation pages for the Bahamas. Those pages are backed by the GoFundMe Guarantee, which assures donors that their money is going to the right place.

Harvest Time International, with the support of Seminole County Emergency Management officials, is prepared to collect donations to aid with recovery efforts in the Bahamas. Click here to learn more about product donations and see below to learn more about how to donate effectively.

Interplan LLC. has been working with multiple organized efforts in Central and South Florida that are getting supplies directly into the hands of the people in need and is currently accepting more donations. Donations can be dropped off at Interplan offices at 604 Courtland Street, Suite 100 Orlando FL 32804 between 9am-6pm Monday through Friday. You can contact Rebekah Renaud, HR Manager, at 407-645-5008 for more information. Urgently needed items include: Medicine (antacid, Tums, Benadryl, chewable Pepto, Kaopectate, etc.), nails, tents, air beds, manual air pumps, cots, medical face masks, mosquito nets, shoes, tools (from hand tools to power tools and air compressors), work boots (size 8-13), fans, tarps, work gloves, cleaning supplies, and mold/mildew treatment material.

This story will be updated as more fundraisers are organized.


About the Author:

Adrienne Cutway

Adrienne Cutway joined News 6's digital team in October 2016 to cover breaking news, crime and community interest stories. She graduated from the University of Central Florida and began her journalism career at the Orlando Sentinel.

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