Dear FSUS Family,
We are once again in a position to be grateful that our community gets to serve and support the victims of a hurricane. While there has not been very much on-going news coverage of the damage Dorian left behind, be assured that it was grave. Many students and families that were in the path of Hurricane Dorian are in need of help.
One of the areas hit hardest were the Bahamas Islands. We have been able to make contact with leaders from the Bahamas who have helped us identify places where we can focus our efforts and ensure that we make a direct impact.
We will launch the #FSUSCares Hurricane Dorian Relief Drive benefitting The Grand Bahamas Children’s Home (GBCH) TOMORROW Friday, September 20th. You can read more about the GBCH below. Following is a list of requested items that we hope each grade will support:
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We have an opportunity to send the first shipment off via boat pallet by Tuesday, September 24th so we encourage you to please remember the children of the Bahamas this weekend as you do your weekend runs.
We will continue the collection drive all year because the home lost everything. Soon an online portal will be available for monetary donations as well so that as a community we can combine our monetary support and present one large gift to support their re-building.
Community agencies throughout the region are stepping up to help young and old. If you are interested in helping elderly people in the region, we will collect gift cards for them as well.
About the GBCH
“Since 1977, The Grand Bahama Children’s Home has been committed to helping children who, through no fault of their own, are unable to be raised in their own homes.
The Home provides these beautiful little boys and girls a safe place to thrive; an anxiety-free home where their bellies are full, they have full access to daily education, a big yard to play in, wonderful, loving people who care for them, and cozy beds to sleep in at night.
The Children’s Home was ravaged by Hurricane Dorian.
Thirty-two children (12 girls and 20 boys, ranging in age from 3 months to 14 years) had to be bundled up and evacuated to a shelter late at night, in the middle of the storm, as floodwaters rose around them at an alarming rate. Thankfully everyone made it to safety.
The children have lost everything.
The structure of the Children’s Home buildings is sound. But the contents are a total loss. The entirety will need to be gutted. The children have lost everything; from clothing to toothbrushes to books and toys. The Home itself lost all its possessions as well; fridges, stoves, freezers, sofas – everything is gone. As a result, the children have been moved over to another home on a different island, until we can restore The Grand Bahama Children’s Home.”