MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) — A Mid-South church is asking for your help to help those in the Bahamas impacted by Hurricane Dorian.
For the last several years, Whitten Baptist Church has done mission trips to the Bahamas, so, when Dorian hit the islands, the church couldn’t wait to help.
The collection drive begins Monday, September 9 at 9 a.m.
The church hopes to pack the sanctuary by the end of the week.
Church Deacon David Stanley said the church feels connected to the Bahamas and plans to do more after the collection drive.
“It’s very unsettling regardless if you know the people or not. It’s just, people having to endure all that and then watching videos of people going into their attic for safety and you can see the water splashing in through the air vents on the side of the attic,” Stanley said.
The church is collecting a wide variety of items.
They’re asking for non-perishable food, formula and diapers, toiletries, sanitary items and new clothing.
The church asks the clothes have tags on them to get through Bahamian customs.
On Sunday, September 15, the church will drive the donations to Florida to be loaded onto boats before being taken to Grand Bahama Island, one of the hardest hit areas of the islands.
“The community there has lost everything. Their homes have been washed away, practically, and very few items were able to be recovered. What I’ve heard from the contacts we know, most everything was completely washed out,” Stanley said.
Below is a full list of items the church is collecting:
- Bottled Water, Juice Boxes for the Children, Boxed Milk and infant formula.
- Canned food goods of all varieties
- Boxed food goods of all varieties
- Peanut Butter and Jelly
- Baby Food and related Supplies
- Sanitary goods such as Tampons, Sanitary Pads, and Diapers in all sizes (infant and adult)
- Band-Aids and Antiseptic type creams
- New clothing, infant, child, and adult- including underwear and socks (MUST have tags to pass through Bahamian Customs)
- Portable Generators
- Tarps and straps
- Flashlights, Batteries of all sizes for Flashlights
- Wipes, any brand for personal hygiene
- Pet Food
- Aspirin, Antacids, Tylenol
- Toothpaste and Tooth Brushes
If you would like the church to purchase items for you; you may donate via Givelify by clicking here.
Donations can be dropped off at the church, Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Whitten Baptist Church is located at 6773 Macon Rd., Memphis, 38134.
You’re asked to please include a list of all items donated for customs purposes.