Thanks to our business partners and the generous donations of so many in our community, we loaded up a 16′ box truck and delivered it to Avid Warehouse over the weekend! These supplies will be sent to the people of Green Turtle Cay to support them during the long road ahead to rebuild.
Additionally, Reef+Ledge has started shipping the #BahamasStrong limited edition hoodies. We received ours and let me tell you, they are AMAZING. Included in our package was this insert which stated that they raised over $15,000 that is going to be donated to the Green Turtle Cay Foundation.
We cannot stress enough just how much work is ahead of the people of Green Turtle Cay. But, they are strong, resilient people and will rebuild to be back better than ever. They are focusing on clean-up & construction on the island as they want to make the island sustainable so residents can stay there/come back if they evacuated. The best way to continue to help is by donating to the Green Turtle Cay Foundation.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the status of the island and other ways that you can help as they rebuild. For now, we say THANK YOU for your generosity & support. We are truly overwhelmed and speechless by the amazing response of our community.
I am writing this to you with a heavy heart. We’ve all seen the devastation that has taken place in the Abaco Islands from Hurricane Dorian.
Green Turtle Cay is a very special place to my husband, Taylor, and I. If you follow along on social media, you know that we were there last week just before the storm hit. In fact, we moved our departure up due to the incoming storm. We have grown to love the Island and her people.
Green Turtle Cay is an outer island from Abaco Island/Marsh Harbor. News is trickling in from this little island due to loss of power, no cell service, and from what we can tell VHF radios are down. The bit of news that we are receiving has come via sat phone. Some of the latest we’ve received is that little to no homes are habitable and that it is complete devastation. We are grateful that we have heard that there are no deaths.
We have been in contact with the Green Turtle Club as they have begun to assess the damage and how to best move forward with relief efforts for Green Turtle Cay. They have shared the items they desperately need as well as staging locations in West Palm Beach.
The Green Turtle Club has an established 501c3, The Green Turtle Cay Foundation. They have started a GoFundMe which is going to be used for relief supplies specifically for the residents of Green Turtle Cay. (All donations to the Foundation are tax deductible. A link is provided at the end of this post).
In addition, we are working with businesses local to the Bradenton/Sarasota area to establish donation drop-offs. We will then take the items to the Avid Warehouse in West Palm Beach on Saturday, September 14. As additional businesses volunteer, we will update this post.
Donation Drop-Off Locations
- Sun Window & Door
7808 Cortez Road West, Bradenton, FL
- PAINT Nail Bar Sarasota
1417 1st Street, #1010, Sarasota, FL
Tuesday & Wednesday: 9am-7pm
- Pinnacle Chiropractic
8450 Cooper Creek Blvd., #104, Bradenton, FL
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9am-6pm
- Jim Gay CPA
3984 SR 64, Bradenton, FL
- Discovery Village of Sarasota Bay
1414 69th Ave W, Bradenton, FL
- Evangel Baptist Church
3605 Lorraine Rd., Bradenton, FL
Sunday: 9:30am-12:00pm, 5:30pm-7:00pm
4652 SR 64, Bradenton, FL
Donations can be made around scheduled class times; up to 30 minutes prior to each class or immediately after. Class schedule here.
- Connect! Bradenton
1201 6th Ave W, #100, Bradenton, FL
- Rusty Crickett
1304 6th Ave W, Bradenton
- Parkwood Dental (East Office)
5315 4th Ave Cir E, Bradenton, FL
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8am-5pm
- Superior Pools (Port Charlotte Office)
517 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL
Relief Items Needed
- Tents (sleeping, large shade tents, tents for congregating)
- Handheld radios
- Bug repellent
- Mosquito netting
- Air mattresses
- Warm clothes
- Box fans
- Hand pumps
- Heavy duty work gloves
- Solar camping lamps
- Light blankets
- Staple guns & staples
- Batteries: AA, AAA, D
- Water purification tablets/kits
- Submersible pumps
- Gas cans
- Extension cords
- Power strips
- Can Openers
- Soft coolers
- Canned goods
- Non-perishable foods
- Solar cell phone chargers
- Portable burner stoves
- Propane cans
- Garbage bags
- First aid items
- Baby formula & diapers
- Pet food
- Soft luggage/backpacks
- Plastic storage bins
- Baby wipes
- Shampoo, deodorant, & soap
- Toothpaste & toothbrushes
- Women’s undergarments
- Feminine hygiene products
- Hair ties
- Anything you would want to have keep you comfortable while camping
**Please drop-off any donations by Friday, September 13 so that we can deliver to West Palm Beach on Saturday, September 14.**
Other Ways You Can Help
Donate to the Green Turtle Cay Foundation GoFundMe
Purchase a limited edition #BahamasStrong hoodie from Reef+Ledge (100% of proceeds will benefit the GTC Foundation!)
Order above items on Amazon and have them shipped to:
7656 Byron Dr, #B12
West Palm Beach, FL 33404
We thank you for any support that you are able to give to the people of Green Turtle Cay! If you have any questions, please reach out.