Seaway Mall holding clothing drive to aid hurricane victims

A team of volunteers from Seaway Mall have organized a clothing drive this weekend to help victims of Hurricane Dorian.

The hurricane recently swept through the northwestern Bahamas as well as the Southeastern United States and Atlantic Canada.

The damage to the Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands has left at least 70,000 people homeless.

“This disaster hit close to home for a member of our maintenance team here at Seaway Mall,” a press release from Seaway Mall said. “The week after Hurricane Dorian struck, we were approached by Christian Ching, one of Hurricane Dorian Clothes Drive Founders, asking for Seaway Mall’s support in collecting donations and emergency items for an existing Hurricane Relief Fundraiser.”

The team of organizers consists of Rasa Burrows, Sharano Hanna, Christian Ching, and Tatum Thompson.

“This power team decided to act after watching their families, friends and other fellow Bahamians lose everything in the matter of two or three days,” the press release says.

Organizer Christian Ching sums up the feelings of the team members.

“The state of feeling helpless in a situation that holds extreme significance is the worst sentiment, especially, when there is so much to do,” he said. “Watching close friends shed tears due to lack of communication with their families for 72 hours or more, has to be the most frightening and gloomy emotion a person can view as an outsider.”

The group will be at Seaway Mall, Saturday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 15/2019 collecting gently used clothing and emergency items.

Items needed:

  • Shoes
  • Clothing – new or lightly used
  • Non-Perishable Items
  • Diaper & Baby Products – New/Unopened Items
  • First-Aid Kits
  • Hygiene & Feminine Products
  • Water
  • Non-Prescription Pain Medications

Monetary donations will also be accepted from Sept. 10 through Oct. 10/2019 at the Customer Service Kiosk at the Mall. Online donations can be made through www.redcross.ca/dorian/seawaymall

The donations of clothing and other items will be sorted and packaged to be delivered by a Niagara couple, Ken and Fiona Williams. They will be driving the items to Florida then going by ferry to the islands.