JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Families in the Bahamas are in desperate need of supplies after Hurricane Dorian ravaged the islands. To give back, Action News Jax and our news partners 104.5 WOKV hosted the Convoy of Care donation drive.
"For the long haul, we're going to need a lot of help," Jacksonville parents, Patricia Brown said. "So all of this is definitely going to go a long way because we need it. So thank you."
Brown is originally from the Bahamas but lives in Jacksonville. She said she was in Nassau when Hurricane Dorian hit. She also has family on the other islands who experienced more destruction.
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"In Nassau, we had a lot of power outages and flooding and that was just from the outer banks. But we didn't have half or a quarter of what happened in Abaco."
For the Convoy of Care, Action News Jax was asking for items that would provide immediate relief to families in the Bahamas: bottled water, hygiene items, baby supplies, pet food, along with flashlights and batteries.
By 11 a.m., cars wrapped around the building to drop off supplies. Several volunteers stayed to help for the duration of the drive. Reads Moving Systems donated five vans to store supplies.
"It was the right thing to do," Jason Corely said. "They have been decimated down there and you have to have water in order to survive."
Donations will be driven to Melbourne, Florida. From there, it will be transported via boat and plane to the most effected areas in the Bahamas.
99,440 lbs of DONATIONS! Thank you to everyone that donated and volunteered their time with our #ConvoyofCare today!— Elizabeth Pace (@PaceAnJax) September 10, 2019
See how your donations will help families in the Bahamas ahead at 5 on @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/IFInEThcm2
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