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With the Abaco and Grand Bahama islands decimated by Hurricane Dorian, collection drives are gearing up at schools, governments, religious organizations, sports teams and businesses across South Florida.
Here are the different ways you can help:
Six Miami-Dade County government locations will accept donations for critical supplies requested by Bahamian government officials.
Requested supplies include beds, blankets, ice, non-perishable food, water and power banks. Officials are asking residents to only donate what is being requested by the government of the Bahamas. For the full list of requested items, click here.
Drop-off locations are:
▪ Miami-Dade County Main Library, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami.
▪ Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW First St., Miami.
▪ Joseph Caleb Center, 5400 NW 22nd Ave., Miami.
▪ Miami-Dade County Downtown Motor Pool, 201 NW 1st St., Miami.
▪ Office of Emergency Management Warehouse, 8008 NW 14th St., Doral.
▪ South Dade Government Center, 10710 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay.
Those making donations at the Stephen P. Clark Center in downtown Miami will have their parking validated at the drop-off point on the first floor. All other locations have free parking available.
The City of Miami
The City of Miami has created 16 drop-off locations, including fire stations and two churches in Coconut Grove — Greater St. Paul AME Church, 3680 Thomas Ave., and Christ Episcopal Church, 3475 William Ave. — to collect donations such as water, canned goods and diapers. Tropic Ocean Airways, a Fort Lauderdale-based private charter company, has volunteered to fly the supplies to the Bahamas.
The city is requesting the following items:
▪ Canned goods
▪ Can openers
▪ Mosquito spray
▪ Baby formula
▪ First aid items
▪ Small generators
For a list of drop-off locations, visit miamigov.com/Government/BAHAMASTRONG
Operation Helping Hands
United Way of Miami-Dade and the Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald have activated Operation Helping Hands to support response, relief and recovery efforts. All of the funds raised through Operation Helping Hands will go directly to help people affected by Hurricane Dorian.
▪ Visit unitedwaymiami.org
▪ Call 305-643-2501 or 211
▪ Send a check payable to Operation Helping Hands, c/o United Way of Miami-Dade, P.O. Box #459007, Miami, FL 33245-9007
Knights of Malta US
The Knights of Malta says it is planning on flying children and family members from the Bahamas to hospitals in Miami for treatment.
The faith-based organization says it will cover the medical services but is asking for donations to help as many people as possible. The funds are collected via PayPal and will “100 percent” reach faith-based and approved organizations to help Bahamians. To donate: knightsofmaltaus.org.
Donations in Broward
Broward County business owners with ties to the Bahamas are collecting medical supplies, baby food and diapers, toiletries, tarps, tents and tools, personal hygiene products and money. They are not accepting clothes or blankets.
▪ Riverside Market Original
608 SW 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale
▪ Riverside Market South
3218 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale
▪ Riverside Market Plantation
6900 Cypress Rd., Plantation
They also have set up a GoFundMe page.
Key West leaders are putting together a humanitarian relief effort for Key West’s sister city, Green Turtle Cay, a barrier island off Great Abaco Island. They plan on setting up a trust account for financial donations and are securing air and water transportation to the island.
Miami-Dade Youth Fair
The Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition has created a GoFundMe page to raise $100,000 for Bahamians impacted by Hurricane Dorian. It says it will work with Bahamian authorities so that all of the funds go to those who need it most.
Those interested in donating, click here.
Chef José Andrés
World Central Kitchen’s “Chef Relief Team” has kitchens set up at Castaways Resort & Suites, Grand Lucayan Resort, Abaco Beach Resort and Atlantis Bahamas.
Created in 2017 by celebrity chef José Andrés, the nonprofit distributed 3.7 million meals in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
“If kitchens are destroyed, we build one and cook in big paella pans!” Andrés posted on Twitter.
Archdiocese of Miami
The Archdiocese of Miami is accepting hurricane donations through Catholic Charities.
Donate at: http://www.ccadm.org/disaster_relief_services/. All of the donations will be used for Hurricane Dorian relief efforts.
Miami Jewish Federation
The Greater Miami Jewish Federation has established a special relief fund to provide immediate assistance to those in the Bahamas and elsewhere impacted by Hurricane Dorian. The organization has pledged to absorb all administrative costs so all of the proceeds will go toward relief efforts.
Donate by visiting JewishMiami.org/hurricanedorian. Checks can also be mailed payable to Greater Miami Jewish Federation, 4200 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33137. Note “Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund” in the memo of each check.
Episcopal Charities of Southeast Florida
Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida is trying to raise $50,000 to send to the Bishop of the Bahamas.
Those who wish to donate can do so by going to the website of the Diocese here. Put “Bishop’s Bahamas Appeal” in the box for your gift. The donation can also be made through the Episcopal Charities of Southeast Florida here. Put “Bishop’s Bahamas Appeal” in the Additional Comments area.
Checks can also be made out to The Diocese of Southeast Florida and sent to The Bishop’s Office at 525 NE 15th St., Miami, FL 33132. Put “Bishop’s Bahamas Appeal” in the memo line.
The International Federation of the Red Cross has released $500,000 from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to ensure an immediate supply of cash for the response teams in the Bahamas. In addition, Red Cross is asking people who want to help with their cause to donate money and not supplies.
Donors can visit redcross.org, call 1-800-733-27677 or text the word DORIAN to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations can also be made by check and mailed to your local Red Cross chapter with the completed donation form at redcross.org/donate. For the check to go to hurricane relief efforts, the donor must note “Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas” in the memo line of the check.
Food for the Poor drive
The Broward-based charity is collecting canned meats, canned fish, canned milk — both evaporated and condensed — and diapers to help aid those in the Bahamas. The items can be dropped off at the Food for the Poor warehouse, 6401 Lyons Road in Coconut Creek in Broward County, between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
The charity says it is working with Sandals Foundation and the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida to coordinate aid.
The City of Doral is partnering with Miami-Dade County to collect donations for the Bahamas until Sept. 18. Requested items include flashlights, wipes, water and mosquito spray.
The drop-off sites will run from 9-a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays, and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. weekends. Locations include:
▪ Doral Legacy Park (11400 NW 82 St.)
▪ Doral Meadow Park (11555 NW 58th St.)
▪ Morgan Levy Park (5300 NW 102nd Ave.)
All Miami Beach Fire Stations are accepting goods and supplies that the Bahamian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said would be helpful to their relief effort.
Drop off supplies between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. at any Miami Beach Fire Station.
Supplies requested by the government of the Bahamas:
- Potable/purified water
- Water bladders/containers
- Water purification kits
- Non-perishable food items
- First aid items (sterile bandages/gauze, medical tape, etc)
- Hygiene kits (diapers, baby formula, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, etc)
- Flashlights and batteries
- Insect repellent
- Portable radios
- Cleaning supplies (bleach, garbage bags, brooms/mops, etc)
- Plastic tarpaulins
- Debris removal tools (shovels, axes, etc)
Fire Station 1: 1045 Jefferson Ave.
Fire Station 2: 2300 Pine Tree Drive
Fire Station 3: 5303 Collins Ave.
Fire Station 4: 860 69th St.
City of Hialeah
The City of Hialeah Fire Stations and Goodlet Park will serve as donation centers from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Locations will accept water, canned foods, can openers, mosquito repellent, sun block, diapers, baby formula, first aid kits, flash lights, batteries and small generators.
Fire Station 1, 93 E. Fifth St.
Fire Station 2, 4200 E. Eighth Ave.
Fire Station 3, 800 W. 49th St.
Fire Station 4, 251 E. 12th Ave.
Fire Station 5, 1197 W. 74th St.
Fire Station 6, 780 W. 24th Ave.
Fire Station 7, 7590 W. 24th Ave.
Fire Station 8, 5405 W. 18th Ave.
Goodlet Park, 4200 W. Eighth Ave.
Misha’s Cupcakes will begin a Hurricane Dorian Relief drive at its eight South Florida stores to collect supplies such as water, food and clothes for the Bahamas during store hours. Those who bring three or more items will get 25 percent off their purchase. To find a store near you visit, mishascupcakes.com.
Florida International University has activated “FIU Strong” to support students, faculty and alumni impacted by Hurricane Dorian.
“One hundred percent of the money raised will go directly to assist Panthers in need,” according to the school’s website.
Those interested in learning how they can donate, visit fiustrong.fiu.edu.
Miami Dade College
MDC is providing assistance and support to Bahamian students enrolled at the college. In addition, MDC will assist college students from the Bahamas displaced by the storm. To donate go to mdc.edu/iammdc and choose Hurricane Dorian Relief as your gift designation.
The college is collectin smaller items such as first aid and personal hygiene supplies, which can be dropped off at Student Life locations college-wide. Larger items such as tarps and tools can be dropped off at the Fuchs Pavilion at the Miami-Dade County Fair Grounds, at 10901 SW 24 St.
University of Miami
The University of Miami says its has medical teams from UHealth, the University of Miami Health System, coordinating relief efforts with other agencies and have created a Hurricane Dorian Response Fund.
Donations to the fund will help UM and partner organizations assist in the Bahamas recovery efforts. The fund will also help the school’s Bahamian and other Dorian-impacted communities.
To donate, visit miami.edu/uresponds
The Marlins are turning their ballpark into a donation site during the team’s homestand, running through Sept. 12. The team’s charitable foundation will match monetary donations from fans, who can donate at the stadium concession stands.
The Dolphins will hold Hurricane Dorian collection drives at Hard Rock Stadium at Sunday’s game against the Ravens and the Sept. 15 game against the Patriots.
Fans are asked to donate the following items: Flashlights, batteries, adult and baby diapers, baby wipes, feminine hygiene products.
Drop-off sites at stadium: East, Southeast, and Southwest pedestrian walkways, Lot 13/14, Lot 10 and Lot 16/17.
Group USA, Sunset Pediatrics and Your Insurance Attorney have set up three locations in Miami-Dade County to collect supplies for the Bahamas. The three
The locations are in Brickell, South Miami and Coconut Grove will be shipping all supplies to Tamiami Airport to be taken to the Bahamas. Supplies in need: non-perishable food, trash bags, toiletries, diapers and personal hygiene products.
▪ Brickell Drop off location - MV Group USA
120 Brickell Ave., Suite 660
▪ South Miami Drop off location - Sunset Pediatrics
7300 SW 62 Place, PH-West
▪ Brickell Drop off location - Your Insurance Attorney
2601 South Bayshore Dr., 18th Floor
The City of North Miami has launched a supply drive at North Miami City Hall, at 776 NE 125th St., which will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
Supplies needed: Canned food, baby supplies, diapers, powdered formula, baby food, tarps, portable water filter system, can openers, school supplies, cots, solar-powered fans, mosquito spray, sunscreen, first-aid items, flashlights, batteries, small generators, blankets and hygiene kits. The city is unable to receive donated clothing or money.
The City of Coral Gables and the city’s fire department are collecting relief supplies for those in the Bahamas.
The locations are:
▪ Fire Station 1, 2815 Salzedo St.
▪ Fire Station 2, 525 S. Dixie Hwy.
▪ Fire Station 3, 11911 Old Cutler Road
Supplies: canned goods, can openers, mosquito spray, first-aid items, diapers and batteries.
Donate funds to the Coral Gables Community Foundation here.
City of West Miami
Working with Imperial Freight Brokers and The Tank Brewing Co., the city has opened a site for Hurricane Dorian relief efforts for the Bahamas.
From 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. weekdays, supplies can be brought to the city of West Miami Recreation Center, 1700 SW 62 Ave.
Some supplies the city is looking for are cooking utensils, roof shingles, chain saws and shovels, jerry cans, non-perishable food and plastic sheeting.
Festival of the Arts
Broward College will hold its Third Annual Festival of the Arts and will teamup with The Bahamas Hurricane Relief to collect supplies.
The free festival is being held from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m Saturday and will include a tour of Bailey Hall with backstage crew, learning about ceramics or painting, visiting a mini-showcase and an interactive workshop.
During the event, donations of toiletries, diapers, wipes and hand sanitizer will be accepted. For information, call 954-201-6884.
Palm Beach County Medical Society
The Palm Beach County Medical Society will be accepting donations of medical supplies.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m weekdays, supplies can be dropped off at the medical society’s office at 3540 Forest Hill Blvd. Suite 101.
Some of the medical supplies needed:
▪ Ace bandages
▪ Gloves, for the operating room and exams
▪ Walkers and crutches
The society is also asking for more specific medical supplies which can be found at www.pbcms.org/bahama-relief.
Metro Ford Miami
Metro Ford of Miami is collecting hurricane relief supplies at its North Miami location at 9000 NW Seventh Ave.
The dealership says that all donations are welcome: from clothes to baby food to first aid kits.
Supplies can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Tropical Financial Credit Union
The Tropical Financial Credit Union will accept donated items at all of its branches in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties during normal business hours through Friday at noon.
For a full list of branch locations visit www.tropicalfcu.com.
Some of the items the credit union is asking for are pet food, water, camping lights, bug spray and gas cans.
Cleveland Clinic Florida
Donation boxes will be placed in Cleveland Clinic’s Weston and Treasure Coast facilities. Supplies needed: Garbage bags, lanterns, rescue whistles, tents and water boots. Drop-off locations are:
▪ Weston Hospital, 2950 Cleveland Clinic Blvd.
▪ Martin Health Hospital, 200 SE Hospital Ave.
▪ Indian River Hospital, 1000 36th St.
Cleveland Clinic Florida has also sent teams of responders to the Bahamas.
Rotary International District 6990 has secured a 181-foot ship and purchased collected, and packed items to fill four 20-foot containers.
The supplies collected include cleaning supplies, tarps, toiletries, diapers, gloves, first aid, sunscreen, clean towels and rags, flashlights, batteries, building & repair supplies and canned good goods.
The organization is continuing relief efforts by asking those who wish to donate to do so via a PayPal account the group has created at www.rotary6990.org.
Global Empowerment Mission
Founder Michael Capponi, a Miami nightlife promoter, has partnered with Tropic Ocean Airways to fly supplies to the Bahamas.
Global Empowerment has sets up collection centers at Sacred Space Warehouse, 340 NE 59th Terrace, Miami; American Horse Trails Ranch, 4928 SW 198th Terrace, Southwest Ranches; and Smith, Gaskill & Shenkman, 11891 U.S. Hwy. 1, North Palm Beach.
For information, call 305-310-2720 or go to https://www.globalempowermentmission.org/hurricane-dorian
The Little Haiti nonprofit has set up a collection center next to Chef Creole restaurant, at the Muce305 facility at 246 NW 54th St. The group is also seeking volunteers to help handle donations.
City of North Miami Beach
Miami-Dade County and Waste Management have joined forces with the City of North Miami Beach to open 11 supply drop-off locations for Hurricane Dorian relief aid.
The city is asking for power banks, toys for children, hygiene kits, and chainsaws. For a full list of items check here. Clothes will not be accepted.
Here are the 11 locations you can donate supplies:
▪ City of North Miami Beach City Hall, 17011 NE 19 Ave.: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
▪ North Miami Beach Police Department, 16901 NE 19 Ave.: Open 24 hours
▪ Uleta Park Community Center, 386 NE 169th St.: Monday – Friday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
▪ Highland Village Community Center, 13621 NE 21 Ave.: Monday – Friday, 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
▪ Allen Park Youth Center, 1770 NE 162nd St.: Monday – Friday, 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
▪ Washington Park Community Center, 15290 NE 15 Court: Monday – Friday, 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
▪ Parks and Recreation Administrative Office, 17051 NE 19 Ave.: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
▪ North Miami Beach Building Department, 17050 NE 19 Ave.: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
▪ North Miami Beach Library, 1601 NE 164th St.: Monday – Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 7:50 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
▪ North Miami Beach Operations Center, 2101 NE 159 St.: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
▪ Motor Pool, 1965 NE 151 St.: Monday- Friday, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Donation drive at Aventura Mall
In the wake of the devastation left by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, Aventura Mall is collecting critically needed supplies, which will be donated through Global Empowerment Mission.
Some items the mall is looking for are baby food and formula, cleaning supplies, diapers and wipes, first-aid items and kits, flashlights and candles, heavy-duty garbage bags and pet food (dry and canned).
For a complete list of donation items, visit https://aventuramall.com/story_blog/together-for-the-bahamas/.
There are two drop-off locaitons at Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd.:
▪ Curbside valet adjacent to Aventura Slide Tower, Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
▪ Visitors’ Center inside lower level near Bloomingdale’s, Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 9:30 p.m, Sunday, 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade
Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade has begun relief efforts to collect supplies for those affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.
The Boys & Girls Clubs is also working with the United Way of Miami-Dade and other organizations to distribute supplies in the Bahamas to those affected.
All five Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade locations are accepting items through Friday, Sept. 13. The locations are:
▪ Hank Kline Club, 2805 SW 32nd Ave.
▪ Kendall Club, 9475 N. Kendall Drive
▪ Northwest Club, 10915 NW 14th Ave.
▪ South Beach Club, 1200 Michigan Ave.
▪ Gwen Cherry Club, 7090 NW 22nd Ave.
Items needed are: easily opened non-perishable food, diapers and baby products, clothes and shoes for children, teenagers and adults, first aid supplies, mosquito spray and hygiene products.
Items can also be donated through Amazon Smiles and shipped to Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s Hank Kline Club. Click here to order from Amazon: https://amzn.to/2kwtGch
This article will be updated with new volunteer, drives and donation information.
Note: This article has been clarified to say that the seaplanes traveling to the Bahamas with the supplies the city of Miami is collecting are not sponsored by the city. A private Fort Lauderdale-based company has volunteered to fly the supplies.