This week the Bahamas took a direct hit from category 5 Hurricane Dorian, with winds that reached 180 miles per hour. This storm has battered these islands and the rebuilding process will take years.
Grand Bahama Island has 5 Rotary clubs and is a valued part of Rotary District 6990. We will do everything possible to help them recover from the devastation.
Rotary International District 6990 has secured a 181-foot ship and begun the efforts to fill four (4) 20-foot containers with needed supplies to aid in the Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts. The local Rotary Clubs will be collecting items and packing them for the first shipment by this weekend.
Items being collected are Cleaning Supplies, Tarps, Toiletries, Diapers, Gloves, First Aid, Sunscreen, Clean Towels and Rags, Flashlights, Batteries, Building & Repair Supplies, Canned Food Goods (non-perishable), Garbage Bags, and others. For a complete list of items, see list below in the body of this story.
Rotary District 6880 Foundation is accepting financial donations from both clubs and individuals wanting to engage in the relief efforts. The Foundation is a 501 c 3 organization and donations are tax deductible to the extent the law allows.
You can donate using the form here, or checks may be mailed to:
District 6880 Foundation
c/o Bankcorp South
30585 State Highway 225
Spanish Fort, AL 36527
Currently, items are being collected at the following locations:
Rotary International District 6990 has a non-profit fund, The Robbins Fund, which was established over twenty years ago to aid in Disaster Recovery Efforts. Make your monetary contribution below. If interested in assisting or volunteering in this and on-going efforts to support the recovery, please contact a Rotary Club in your area via www.rotary.org.
Ray Williams, District Governor for Rotary International District 6990, stated “Unfortunately, we have done this before – assisted other communities in their recovery efforts from previous disasters. Grand Bahama Islands is part of our Rotary District and we truly feel that they are part of our family! Rotarians are known for helping those in need, as our motto “Service Above Self” clearly states!”
Don Horton, Chair – Disaster Relief, started collecting items to fill a shipping container on Monday, including visiting Costco and utilizing disaster relief funds approved by the Rotary District. Don stated, “Rotarians from around the world assisted us here in The Florida Keys two years ago. This is a big undertaking, but we are Rotarians, and this is what we do!”
For more information about the Rotary International District 6990 Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts and our Rotary Clubs, contact Don Horton (305) 522-2062 or visit www.rotary6990.org.
Lee County suffered a devastating weather event on March 3rd, 2019 with significant loss of life and property damage. A tornado ripped the small community of Beauregard with a path almost a half mile wide. Our heart felt sympathy and prayers go out to those who have suffered this tremendous loss. A total of 23 lives were lost in the aftermath of the storm.
Winds were so intens that a billboard in Smith Station near Opelika was lifted and set down 35 miles away in Hamilton GA.
Rotary District 6880 continues to provide information on how to best help with manpower and supplies. Other surrounding counties also incurred significant damage including Barbour County which lost its airport.
In the meantime, we recommend for Rotarians and non Rotarians alike, that any tax deductible donations be made directly to the District 6880 Foundation. District 6880 will distribute the assets based on the needs determined by the nearest local clubs, including Opelika and Auburn and Eufaula. You are welcome to send any personal, club, or district checks made payable to The Rotary District 6880 Foundation. Please designate the purpose.