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There are several ways to donate items to Bahamas relief efforts. Here are just a few local drop-off points …
- Grande Aire is accepting donations between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 330 E. Railroad Ave in Boca Grande. They will match all incoming donations. Please, no cash or gift cards. You can call them at 964-1142 or go to grandeaire.com.
- Englewood Fire Control District stations in Englewood and the Cape Haze Peninsula (all proceeds will be funneled to Snooks Bayside Restaurant & Grand Tiki Bar at Royal Palm Marina, 799 W. Wentworth St. in Englewood). You can drop off donations there as well.
They are looking for canned and nonperishable food, hygiene products, sandals, diapers, tarps, nails, tools, bottled water and first-aid supplies.
- Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary, drop off at Phillips Landscaping, 6900 San Casa Drive, Building 1, Unit 1, Englewood from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. weekdays. Checks may be made out to Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary Foundation and sent to P.O. Box 897, Englewood, FL 34295, or dropped off at Rowley Insurance Agency, 262 S. Indiana Ave. in Englewood.
- Englewood Chamber of Commerce, 601 S. Indiana Ave., Englewood. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call them at (941) 474-5511 with questions.
Cash donations are sometimes preferable, and sometimes they are not accepted. Always check first. General items needed include the following:
Rubber gloves, Clorox bleach, flashlights, mops, cleaning supplies, Latex gloves, Clorox wipes, tarps of all sizes, brooms, large garbage bags, work gloves, facemasks, shovels, buckets, cleaning rags, feminine hygiene products, toilet paper, soap and shampoo, adult and baby diapers, paper towels, detergent, baby wipes, baby formula/food, toothbrushes and toothpaste, personal hygiene items, sunscreen, propane tanks, pet food, matches, grills, lighters, Sterno camp stoves, candles, coolers, flashlights and lanterns, batteries, hammers, roof paper, roofing nails/tin tabs, Army portable cots, sheets, pillowcases, blankets, towels, generators to charge cell phones, portable cell phone chargers, chainsaws, canned goods and can openers.
Nonperishable food items can include canned tuna, Spam, ham, sardines, chicken, pasta and pasta sauce, soups, rice, grits, flour, sugar, dry cereal, oats, canned fruit and vegetables, seasonings, beans, peanut butter, jelly, mashed potatoes, instant rice, teabags, crackers, granola, Ramen noodles, juices, paper plates, cuts, plastic utensils and napkins.
NOTE: Before you donate to Bahamas relief at any location, make sure you ask if there is a specific list of things they are looking for. Only donate what is on the list. In many situations, clothing and water are already being provided to hurricane victims through other organizations. The lists above are common-sense items that can be donated in many circumstances, but always ask first.
- https://www.percabaco.org/ ($250 or more contributed is tax-deductible).