Here in Miami, we’re taking a collective sigh of relief that Hurricane Dorian did not hit us dead on. However, our friends, family, and comrades in The Bahamas were hit hard and the damage is devastating. In order to help, a number of local leaders and organizations have stepped up to initiate efforts to provide relief and support. Below, you can find a growing list of drop off points where you can donate supplies (including all those hurricane supplies you bought and didn’t use!) to our neighbors in need.
We also want to note that while Miami did not get hit by Hurricane Dorian, many of our most vulnerable neighbors were still negatively impacted by the storm. In using their finances to prepare for a hurricane event by filling up gas tanks, buying supplies and materials, etc., many low-income families spent down resources they’d otherwise need to pay rent or buy food. To support these families in need, please consider making a donation to a local organization providing vital comprehensive services and programs to vulnerable, low-income, and in-crisis individuals and families, like Bridge to Hope or The Smile Trust.
Supplies in need:
Toiletries/hygiene products, including deodorant, menstrual products, toilet paper, tissue, razors and shaving cream, shampoo and conditioner, soap (bar or liquid), mouthwash, bug spray, sunscreen, eye drops, hair brushes, hair ties, tooth brushes, toothpaste, and towels
First-aid items/medical supplies, including adhesive/non-adhesive bandages, antibacterial ointments, gauze and tape, Acetaminophen, and rubbing alcohol/peroxide
Cleaning supplies, including trash bags, mops, buckets, paper towels, and brooms
Canned goods and other non-perishable food
Water/water purification kits
Power strips/extension cords
Donation Collection run by Bridge to Hope: 1) 8501 SW 124th Ave Suite 205 Miami FL 33183 2) 10844 SW 188th St. Cutler Bay 33157
Miami-Dade County Government Collection run by Miami-Dade County: 1) Miami-Dade County Main Library, 101 W. Flagler St. Miami, FL 2) Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 N.W. 1st St. Miami, FL 3) Joseph Caleb Center, 5400 N.W. 22nd Ave. Miami, FL 4) Office of Emergency Management Warehouse, 8008 N.W. 14th St. Doral, FL
#BahamaStrong run by the City of Miami: 1) All City of Miami fire stations 2) Greater St. Paul AME Church at 3680 Thomas Ave. Coconut Grove, FL 3) Christ Episcopal Church at 3475 William Ave. Coconut Grove, FL
Relief Drop-off run by Harrell’s Mens Wear: 4559 N. University Dr. Lauderhill, FL
Bahamas Relief Collection run by Riverside Markets: 1) 6900 Cypress Road Plantation, FL 2) 608 S.W. 12th Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 3) 3218 S.E. 6th St. Fort Lauderdale, FL
Several organizations listed below are solely collecting monetary donations:
If you know of an organization accepting donations for the Bahamas that isn't on this list, please shoot us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know - we'd love to add them.