By Jill Fox
After Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas, numerous relief efforts are taking place throughout Broward County. The following is a list of local businesses accepting donations to send to the Bahamas in the coming days.
City of Tamarac
Community Center, 8601 W. Commercial Blvd., and Recreation Center, 7501 N. University Dr.
The following donations will be accepted from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on September 5 – 7: Water, canned goods, can openers, mosquito spray, sunscreen, baby formula, toiletries, baby wipes, cleaning wipes, work gloves, first aid supplies, flashlights, batteries, and new unfueled small generators.
These are the only donations being accepted. All donations will be given to the United Way to be delivered to the people of the Bahamas. The city will not accept monetary donations. If you wish to donate money, you can make online gifts to either www.UnitedWayBroward.org/HurricaneDorian or www.RedCross.org.
Residence Inn by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Coconut Creek
5730 N, FL-7, Coconut Creek
The Residence Inn Coconut Creek is accepting donations to bring to the Bahamas. They will make three trips over — the first on Thursday. The trip is powered by their partners at South Florida Grading, Anything Marine Services, and LT Lynch Concrete.
Donations Accepted: Boxes, packing tape, hurricane supplies, hygiene products, diapers, wipes, cleaning supplies, tarps, small generators, bottled water, flashlights, radios, batteries, pet items
9880 West Sample Rd
Wings Plus will be collecting donations during normal business hours until their U-haul truck is full, and will bring donations to the Residence Inn Coconut Creek.
building supplies, sheetrock, water, tarps, canned goods, hygiene kits, MREs, first aid kits, trash bags, mosquito repellant, bleach, chlorine tablets, baby items, generators, household cleaning items.
Food for the Poor
6401 Lyons Road
Open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Collecting donations on Wednesday at 10 a.m. They are accepting canned goods and diapers at their Coconut Creek Warehouse.
The City of Margate
The Margate Police Department and the Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Rescue Department will be spearheading the Hurricane Dorian Relief Collection drive.
Beginning Wednesday through September 20, donations will be accepted at the Police Department and all Margate and Coconut Creek Fire Stations daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The locations are as follows:
Margate Police Department: 5790 Margate Boulevard
Fire Station 18: 5785 Park Drive, Margate
Fire Station 58: 600 N. Rock Island Road, Margate
Fire Station 98: 5395 NW 24th Street, Margate
Fire Station 94: 4455 Sol Press Boulevard, Coconut Creek
Fire Station 50: 4500 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek
Requested donations: Water, non-perishable foods, hygiene kits (tissue, toothpaste, toothbrushes, towels, sanitary napkins), cleaning supplies (bleach, mops, brooms, garbage bags, sponges, clothespins), disinfectants, baby food and formula, blankets, flashlights, batteries, mosquito repellent (DEET-free) and first aid kits (bandages, gauze and tape).
TypeStyles Inc. Print Shop
9381 West Sample Road #200
NW Corner of Sample Road and University Drive
They will be sending boats to the Bahamas with donations. Requested donations: Shoes, tarps, batteries, first aid, food, diapers.
miVIP Medical Group
5830 Coral Ridge Drive, Suite #160
They are coordinating directly with their connections in Freeport that work for the government and police force there to get essentials over to them. They will either be using private boats and or planes. Requested donations: Canned food, basic medical supplies, diapers, water, feminine products, dry pet food, can openers, hand sanitizers, and wipes.
Make Our Schools Safe
The nonprofit is collecting donations for emergency phone chargers. Donate $10 at MakeOurSchoolsSafe.org. In the memo, write for Bahamas Chargers. These pre-charged chargers will be going to the Bahamas in the next few days by an anonymous donor’s private yacht.
Gold Coast Schools
Gold Coast Schools are collecting donations through Friday at all of their locations. They have boats set to leave for their first trip on Friday, weather permitting. The closest locations are:
5600 Hiatus Road, Tamarac
2600 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton
Accepted donations: Non-perishable foods, water, first aid supplies, toiletries, cleaning supplies, feminine products, baby supplies, and clothing.
OneBlood is encouraging all eligible donors to please donate to ensure a ready blood supply. Healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. A complete listing of donor centers and mobile drives can be found at www.oneblood.org.
The City of Coral Springs
The City is encouraging residents to visit volunteerflorida.org for ways to help. Right now with the devastation and damage, it’s important that plans with shipment are arranged with the Bahamian Government.
The American Red Cross Hurricane Dorian Relief
Donate now: American Red Cross.
Tropical Financial Credit Union
8947 West Atlantic Blvd. Coral Springs, FL 33071
The credit union is working with various individuals and organizations to have the items transported to the Bahamas for distribution. Items requested: Water, nonperishable food, pet food, diapers, first-aid supplies, camping lights, gas cans, flashlights, cleaning supplies, batteries, tents and tarps, blankets, bug spray, and extension cords.
to Accept + Deliver Donations and Supplies to the Bahamas
Delivery Dudes wants to help the residents in areas of the Bahamas that were severely affected by Hurricane Dorian and will be accepting donations and supplies (canned and non-perishable food, bottled water, diapers, personal hygiene items, etc.)
They are working closely with Bahamian locals and US private citizens with access to aircraft and barges to bring supplies into the Bahamas as quickly as possible.
Locations and times:
Delray Beach Fort Lauderdale
Downtowner Office The Riverside Market Cafe
333 NE 2nd St. 608 SW 12th Ave.
(561) 573-5018 (954) 358-8333
Riverside Market Plantation The Riverside Market South
6900 Cypress Rd 3218 SE 6th Ave
(954) 306-6819 (954) 524-8986
9am-10pm 10am-11pm (Sunday until 5pm)
Interior Designs by Steven G
2818 Center-port Circle
9am-5pm (Mon- Fri)
If South Florida residents are unable to drop off supplies, please call Delivery Dudes at 561-900-7060, and they will arrange for items to be picked up and sent to the Bahamas.
Broward County Public Schools
Broward County Public Schools, in collaboration with the Broward Education Foundation, United Way of Broward County and BrightStar Credit Union, is working to collect and deliver donations and resources to assist with Hurricane Dorian recovery efforts in the Bahamas. List of supplies needed here.
Broward Education Foundation School Supply Center
2300 W. Copans Road, #5
Pompano Beach, FL 33069
BrightStar Credit Union – Davie
2400 Davie Road
Davie, FL 3331
BrightStar Credit Union – Downtown Fort Lauderdale
600 SE 3rd Ave
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
BrightStar Credit Union – Hollywood
4743 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, FL 33021
BrightStar Credit Union – Lauderhill
1879 N State Road 7
Lauderhill, FL 33313
BrightStar Credit Union – Margate
3175 N State Road 7
Margate, FL 33063
BrightStar Credit Union – Pembroke Pines
12405 Taft St
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028
BrightStar Credit Union – Pompano Beach
1600 S Federal Hwy
Pompano Beach, FL 33062
- Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She is currently a Senior Account Director at Lon Haber & Co., a leading full-service public relations firm. Fox worked at NBC Miami for eight years after graduating from the University of Miami. She lives in Parkland with her husband, Brian and two children.