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USA: Miami Bahamians band together to support victims after Hurricane Dorian

United States, Miami
September 07, 2019 at 03:40 GMT +00:00 · Published

In Miami's "Little Bahamas" neighbourhood, the local community started rallying to help the victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, as footage filmed on Friday shows.

The Christ Episcopal Church in Miami's historic Coconut Grove neighbourhood became a collection point for supplies and donations, waiting to be flown by cargo plane or transported by boat to the hurricane-stricken islands next week.

Locals responded to the call donating food, equipment, other supplies and their time. "Our efforts have been supported not only by persons who have brought donations, but also by the countless volunteers that have volunteered their time," said Father Jonathan Archer, director of the church.

Dorian hit the northern Bahamas from Sunday to Tuesday, leaving at least 43 people dead and thousands missing. The hurricane, which was downgraded to Category 1 storm, made landfall in the Carolinas, flooding coastal towns and cutting off electricity.

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In Miami's "Little Bahamas" neighbourhood, the local community started rallying to help the victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, as footage filmed on Friday shows.

The Christ Episcopal Church in Miami's historic Coconut Grove neighbourhood became a collection point for supplies and donations, waiting to be flown by cargo plane or transported by boat to the hurricane-stricken islands next week.

Locals responded to the call donating food, equipment, other supplies and their time. "Our efforts have been supported not only by persons who have brought donations, but also by the countless volunteers that have volunteered their time," said Father Jonathan Archer, director of the church.

Dorian hit the northern Bahamas from Sunday to Tuesday, leaving at least 43 people dead and thousands missing. The hurricane, which was downgraded to Category 1 storm, made landfall in the Carolinas, flooding coastal towns and cutting off electricity.

W/S Donations for Bahamian population hit by hurricane Dorian, Miami

M/S Forkligt moving supplies

W/S Volunteers loading supplies into truck

M/S Volunteers loading supplies into truck

C/U Cross worn by Father Jonathan Archer of Christ Episcopal Church in Miami

SOT, Father Jonathan Archer, Director of Christ Episcopal Church in Miami: "Of course because we've heard of the devastation of Hurricane Dorian, we felt that it was only fitting when we received the call from Commissioner Russel for us to do our part. And the response has been so wonderful."

W/S Bottles of water stacked outside church

C/U Volunteer moving supplies

M/S Volunteer moving supplies

SOT, Father Jonathan Archer, Director of Christ Episcopal Church in Miami: "We are working together to receive donations, to have them sorted, boxed and labelled and palleted, and as you can see we have the pallets together and we are trying to get them shipped out to the warehouse, where they will be then sent to the people of the Bahamas of Grand Bahama and Abaco."

C/U Diapers for babies covered in plastic

C/U Pet food supplies covered in plastic

SOT, Father Jonathan Archer, Director of Christ Episcopal Church in Miami: "Hearing and seeing the destruction and the devastation it's really been heartwrenching. And so its only fitting. We've been so grateful, our efforts have been supported not only by persons who have brought donations, but also by the countless volunteers that have volunteered their time, that have volunteered their equipment, their trucks, not only individuals but corporate entities, and so we're just grateful for this outpouring of love and support for people who have lost so much."

C/U Tools

M/S Fruit boxes

SOT, Father Jonathan Archer, Director of Christ Episcopal Church in Miami: "Personally I've met so many Bahamians, persons who have family in the Bahamas, who have come together and rallied and supported this effort that we are doing, we are so grateful for their support. Everybody feels it. So they are just doing all that they can to assist."

W/S Volunteers sorting out donations inside warehouse

M/S Volunteers sorting out donations

W/S Volunteers moving boxes

W/S Volunteers sorting out food supplies

C/U Food supplies

M/S Diapers

W/S Volunteers covering boxes in plastic

SOT, Gerald Grant, volunteer with United Way of Miami: "The experience has been amazing, I've been out here meeting so many people that are just all out here for the same cause, [who] just rallied and helped those in need because we're all a couple of miles away for us being in need, so everyone is just here rallied, excited, helping and just bringing a helping hand to those who are in Bahamas. There's a lot of supplies going out so hopefully this can make a little bit of impact to the experience and the devastation they've experienced."

W/S Sign with time for Sunday service

C/U Sign with time for Sunday service

M/S Volunteers bringing donations

M/S Volunteers bringing donations

M/S Volunteer leaving collection point

W/S Exterior of Christ Episcopal Church, Miami

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