Bahamas Relief Drive on St. John Begins Saturday. Oct. 12

The Bahamas one week after Hurricane Dorian

St. John residents who wish to donate relief supplies to residents of the Bahamas who are still reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Dorian are invited to bring items to four collection centers beginning Saturday, Oct. 12.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church has arranged for a 20-foot container to be placed at the site of the Old Lumberyard Complex in Cruz Bay for the collection of bulk supplies and large items such as furniture.

Collection centers are also being set up at Dolphin Market, the St. John Market, and at the second floor of the Marketplace in Cruz Bay.

Volunteers will be on hand to process donations on Saturday, October 12 though Monday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“This is the start of our Bahamas relief campaign” said Simonia Athanase-Dagou, administrative assistant at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. “We’re collecting toiletries, canned food, bedding, toys, non-perishable baby food, Pampers, batteries, cleaning supplies. We all know what we lost in Hurricane Irma and what was needed.”

Athanase-Dagou said the church would still be accepting donations after Monday, but a schedule hasn’t been confirmed yet. “We’re still welcoming volunteers, and if people prefer to make a monetary donation, they can make a check out to OLMC Catholic Church and write ‘Bahamas Relief Drive’ on the memo line,” she said.

For further information, please call OLMC at 776-6339