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Local relief group accepting donations for The Bahamas

Posted: 12:10 AM, Sep 29, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-30 09:58:19-04
Local Hurricane Relief Group Accepting Donations at Miromar Outlets

ESTERO, Fla. — A few weeks back Hurricane Dorian ripped through and devastated the Bahamas, but here in Southwest Florida some locals are helping out.

Michael Devolder and his wife started these efforts almost 3 weeks ago, while sitting down watching coverage of Dorian hovering over the Bahamas.

“I was getting myself prepared to do something,” said Devolder.

Devolder was able to get in touch with Fedex to assist with transportation, then reached out to Miromar outlets to give him a home base for his efforts.

Finally, after securing the logistics here at home, he then contacted the National Emergency Management Agency in the Bahamas to let them know he is here to help

“I'm one person, but I need an army of people to make all this happen,” said Devolder

Throughout the day many locals poured in and donated loads of items such as toiletries, tarps, clothing and even pet food. Michael and his wife have done so much on their own and need all of Southwest Florida’s help to make this effort even more successful.

Edgar West and his wife happened to see the Donation set up passing by and did not hesitate to stop and help.

“So we wanted to be able to contribute, its a simple way for all of us just to give a little, and it amounts to a lot if all of us would just help in and help out,” said, West

Edgar West and family, along with Michael Devolder are very passionate about wanting to help our neighbors just a few miles south of the Florida Coast. Michael tells us that good people of the Bahamas are in dire need and truly are looking for assistance wherever they can get it.

“I’m just going to put the word out that its, there’s never been a time where some good people need our help, you get it here ill make sure it gets to the people in the Bahamas,” said Devolder

If you would still like to donate, the team will be back out tomorrow. You can find all the information on where and what to donate by going to BahamasReliefAid.com .

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