Bahama Relief Effort.
As I am writing this, the Bahamas are being battered with 185 MPH wind. They are facing 20’+ of storm surge on an island that is 5’ above sea level. I can only imagine the damage and devastation they will be facing, and when the storm passes, the broken lives and battered dreams. The families, homes, and communities will be forced to come together just to survive. And here we sit, hoping and praying for life and safety for those folks having to face this horror of life. Is that all we are called to do? Is that all we have to offer?
Well, now it is time for Together We Stand to stand up! It may also be time for you to stand with us. TWS is organizing a relief effort, partnering with other not-for profit organizations, businesses and people across Florida and beyond to help the families, schools, churches and businesses who will be trying to rebuild after this event. We have established a network of friends, schools and churches in the islands, already in place, to act as helping hands and feet on the ground after the dust settles, along with connections in island transport and freight forwarding. However, we have something even more useful. We have a community of great people like yourselves who have joined with us and a platform to say “Yes, Together We Stand”. Well now is the time! Let’s make a positive impact on this situation.
In the days to come we will be setting up logistical support including donation drop spots throughout south Florida to receive and process specific items of need.
Items such as:
First aid kits
Diapers and formula
Pet supplies: dog & cat food, bowls, beds, medications
Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste/brushes, combs), feminine hygiene products
Toilet paper, paper towels
Solar lanterns/lights, flashlights
Flashlights & batteries
Camping stoves, camping propane cylinders, sterno & stoves
Pots, pans, cooking utensils
Sleeping bags, bedrolls, mats
Our prayers are with the people of the Bahamas and all of those yet to be impacted by this storm. But let’s not stop there. It is time to stand up! But not alone, not just you and not just my wife and me. Together We Stand and together we can make a difference.
I look forward to working with many of you in the days and weeks, and maybe months to come, on this project. We will continue to update as we move forward in this mission.
With faith and action,
John Mears, Exec. Director
Together We Stand