We are the Bahamas Relief Aid, a group organized out of Southwest Florida by Michael DeVolder (founder of www.BreakTheCycleIOfHunger.org), and we appreciate your time as you consider supporting our mission to bring aid and relief to the people of the Bahamas.
Looming over the Bahamas for a day and a half, Dorian pounded the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama with winds up to 185 mph (295km/h) and torrential rain before finally moving into open waters on a course for Florida. Its winds slowed to a still-dangerous 110 mph (175km/h).
The immense physical destruction on the Bahamian islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama can easily be seen from the air -- but officials are only now beginning to grasp the devastating personal toll for families who have lost loved ones in Hurricane Dorian.
The killer storm -- the strongest to ever to make landfall in the country -- wiped out many homes, and in some cases, entire neighborhoods were mashed into rubble.
The death toll from the storm jumped Wednesday from 7 to at least 20 and has now grown even further, but as searchers comb the landscape in the upcoming days the extent of the damage will be revealed.
Various reports have come in, attempting to convey the sheer scale of colossal damage that Dorian inflicted on the Bahamas.
Due to the catastrophic extent of the damage, it will require a massive recovery and relief effort. The only international airport on the island of Grand Bahama has been ripped apart by Dorian."After two days of trying, we're finally able to get into the Freeport airport," CNN's Patrick Oppmann said from the scene Wednesday."It's gone. ... The level of devastation is actually breathtaking. There are no walls left at the airport. The ceiling has come crashing."
Between Grand Bahama and the Abacos, about 60,000 people may be in dire need of food relief, the World Food Program said.
"You can't tell that there are any homes there," he said. "It looks like a bunch of building materials were put in a big grinder and thrown on the ground."
The Abacos suffered massive destruction, the Prime Minister said, with 60% of homes in the town of Marsh Harbor damaged.
"There are no words to convey the grief we feel for our fellow Bahamians in the Abacos and Grand Bahama," Dionisio D'Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, said in a statement on Wednesday.
Dorian struck some of the most populated as well as economically vital areas of the Bahamas and tore them apart. Ten's of thousands of people have had their homes and livelihood decimated by this catastrophe.
Countless statements, such as these, have poured in since the advent of hurricane Dorian's rampage over the Bahamas. Accounts of the lives that have been affected, lost, and forever changed way heavily on our hearts.It is for this reason that we have organized The Bahamas Relief Aid, in order to bring support and relief to the people of the Bahamas.
This catastrophe is too large in scale for any singular organization to manage; but through your support, we have the opportunity to make a real impact on the lives of those who remain and are left with the gargantuas task of rebuilding after such a calamity.
Any and every way that you can offer support will go straight to the precious people of the Bahamas. If you choose to support through monetary means, your funds will go directly to purchasing supplies and equipment that we are short on that have been requested by the government. Supplies including...
· Sheet rock
· Roofing materials (shingles, tar paper, etc.)
· Drip caps
· Plastic Sheeting Rolls/Tarpaulin (various sizes)
· Chain Saws
· Mops & Buckets
· Towels & towelettes
· Wet Wipes
· Large Plastic Trash Bags
· Chlorine tablets
· Water & Water Containers
· Canned goods
· Meals Ready to Eat (MRE's)
· Non-perishable Dry Goods
· Baby Juice
· Baby Food
· Baby Formula
Home & Outdoor:
· Portable Stoves
· Butane Canisters
· Air Mattresses
· Mattresses (single or double)
· Sheet sets
· Non-Electronic Can Openers
Safety & Hygiene:
· First Aid Kits
· Water Filtration Devices
· Mosquito repellent
· Hygiene Kits
· Baby wipes
100% of all funds will go straight to the support of those affected in the Bahamas; operating as a nonprofit, humanitarian effort, we are retaining nothing for ourselves. We will simply be a conduit for you to be able to make a focused and direct impact on those affected by Dorian.
If you have any questions or propositions, you can contact us directly through our website at
We at the Bahamas Relief Aid, want to thank you for your time and support for the precious people of the Bahamas.