Sunday 5 July, 2020

Hurricane Relief: What to donate when sending aid to storm victims

Barbuda in 2017 after Hurricane Irma.

Barbuda in 2017 after Hurricane Irma.

Natural disasters can strike anywhere and anytime. No country is immune. And when such happens, countries that are able to respond with relief efforts must be ready and willing to help wherever possible.

The Bahamas need help urgently this time around.

Assistance had been on hold until Hurricane Dorian left the islands, but now plans have been mobilized to help the people. 

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Across the Caribbean, lots of persons are expressing a willingness to send aid and supplies to The Bahamas when collections open. Here are some of the items we recommend sending.

1. Baby diapers in all sizes, even Pull-ups.

2. Baby wipes

3. Hand sanitizer

4. Painkillers - Tylenol, Advil, Panadol etc.

5. Sanitary napkins and tampons

6. Blood pressure/ Blood sugar machine if you have an extra one and strips that you can spare.

7. Baby formula and baby cereal

8. Biscuits and cookies

9. Canned foods - tuna, sardines, baked beans, etc.

10. Cleaning agents - Dishing washing liquid, soap detergent, fabric softener, bleach etc.

11. Antibiotic creams - Desitin for baby rash, A+D ointment, Neosporin etc.

12. Bandaids, gauze, medical tape, surgical alcohol

13. Mosquito repellent and coils

14. Matches and lighters

15. Linens - sheets, blankets, pillows etc.

16. Bath essentials - soap, body wash, towels, washcloths, body lotion, baby oil, baby shampoo, shampoo, conditioner

17. Toilet paper

18. Plastic plates, cups and cutlery or eco-friendly alternatives especially with trash and waste disposal going to be an issue

19. Mobile furniture - folding tables, folding chairs, tents, sleeping bags

20. Solar lamps or lights

If you and others can pool funds and send off a generator, that would be a good gift for persons who lost much or everything in a natural disaster as well.

And when in doubt, you can send clothes and shoes in any and all sizes.

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