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Port Orange Observer Thursday, Sep. 5, 2019 3 months ago

Volusia group organizing aid effort for the Bahamas

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Several Volusia County residents have wasted no time in getting urgently needed supplies sent to the storm-ravaged Bahamas.
by: Tanya Russo Staff Writer

Volusia County residents have wasted no time in sending aid to the devastated Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

Several residents, including Port Orange city councilman Scott Stiltner, have formed a group of involved citizens called “Volusia for the Bahamas” which already has a boat loaded with urgently needed supplies en route to the country.

The following is information about drop off locations for supplies and the kinds of items needed to send:

The first drop-off for supplies will be this Sunday at Airport Road Park, 6751 Airport Road in Port Orange, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Contacts are Casey Caudill and Kevin Gill.

Here is an initial list of items urgently needed. If possible please buy these item in the case, as it will help with transport and inventory. All items going into the Bahamas must be tracked and properly boxed.

  • Bottled water
  • Juice boxes
  • Boxed milk such as Parmalat, and infant formula
  • Canned food goods
  • Boxed food goods of all varieties
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Baby food and related supplies
  • Sanitary goods such as tampons, sanitary pads, and infant diapers in all sizes
  • Band-aids and antiseptic type creams
  • Wipes, any brand for personal hygiene
  • Charcoal and lighter fluid
  • New clothing, infant, child, and adult
  • Portable generators
  • Gas cans
  • Waterproof Tarps and straps
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries of all sizes for flashlights
  • Pet food
  • Aspirin, antacids, Tylenol
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Soap and Deodorant
  • New spray bottles
  • Blankets

They ask that all donated goods be neatly boxed, and a list of goods and quantities provided when items are dropped off as they must provide the same to Bahamas Customs.

Donations must be very well boxed up, which is why buying and donating items by the case still in original packaging will work so well. Also, the Bahama’s Government has waived taxing items going into the islands for 30 days during this initial relief period, which is why it is so important to gets supplies in there as quickly as possible. We must be able to ID and track what is in the boxes. So please label accordingly if we will not be able to tell.

Additional times, and location sites for donated supplies include the following:

Caton-Hosey Insurance, 3731 S. Nova Rd, Port Orange, FL

386-767-3161

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. onFriday

 

Odyssey Travel, 146 S. Atlantic Ave. Ormond Beach, FL

386-672-8113

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Tuff Turf Landscaping, 415 Tomoka Farms Rd., New Smyrna Beach, FL

386-760-4130

6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

This article was edited at 3:33 p.m. on Thursday, September 5 to correct spelling of Tomoka Farms Rd.

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