Helping Hands for the Bahamas: ROUND 2
Time & Location
About The Event
Donation Drive & Volunteer Event: Round 2! Join us on Sunday, 9/29 to lend a helping hand to the people of the Bahamas as we make household cleaning kits. On 9/8 Volunteers of The Palm Beaches hosted our first donation drive & volunteer event where over 250 local volunteers donated items and helped assemble over 2,000 personal hygiene kits. Even though life has thankfully returned to normal here in Palm Beach County, our neighbors in the Bahamas are still greatly in need. At this time, there is a crucial need for cleaning supplies. Our goal is to make as many household cleaning kits as possible to send to the Bahamas on a future Bahamas Relief Cruise. We saw in the past when our community comes together, we can do great things! Please help us spread the word for this event.
All volunteers are asked to bring what they can from the below list:
- 5 Gal Bucket WITH Lid
- Handle Scrub Brush
- Bleach, 2QT size only
- Disinfectant Spray Cleaner
- Reusable Gloves, Large
- Trash Bags, Large
- Dish Soap, Small
- Hand Soap, Small
- Multi- Surface Cleaner, 1-2 QT size only
- Scrubbing Sponges
- Face Masks
- Paper Towels
We tested it out, and all the above items fit nicely in a 5 gallon bucket with lid and can be transported easily. The best deal on 5 gallon buckets with lids we found at Home Depot, for $5 per set. Most other items on the list can be found at stores like Walmart, dollar stores, Target, etc. Items like disinfectant spray cleaner, large trash bags, small hand soaps, scrubbing sponges, and paper towels can be bought in bulk at places like Costco, Sams, BJ's, etc.
If you cannot stay to help create the kits, you're welcome to drop off donations of the above items at the Embassy Suites anytime between now and 9/29 at 2pm. Please mark your donations with a "Volunteers of The Palm Beaches" label/ note.
In addition to making household cleaning kits, we'll also be writing uplifting notes to include in the kits. All ages are welcome! Ages 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
All items will be donated to the Bahamas Relief Cruise, a new 501c3 non-profit that formed out of a grassroots response to the critical need in Grand Bahama and Abaco after the Hurricane Dorian. A collection of West Palm Beach businesses and organizations – including Subculture Group, Titou Hospitality Group, the Downtown West Palm Beach Hospitality Association, the Everglades Trust, and others – responded to a call from Oneil Khosa, CEO of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, about his planned undertaking to get to Grand Bahama with help as quickly and effectively as possible. Grand Celebration successfully completed its second post-Hurricane Dorian humanitarian sailing this past Wednesday morning. The ship transported 30,000 pounds of water, 275,000 pounds of canned and dry food, 150,000 pounds of household supplies, and 50,000 pounds of construction materials to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island – as well as more than 300 qualified volunteers and first responders who worked tirelessly in the field for nearly two full days. The ship also took 150 Bahamians home from the United States, to help jumpstart the rebuilding process. We'll be donating the household cleaning kits for them to take to the Bahamas and distribute personally to houses in need. You can learn more about the Bahamas Relief Cruise here: https://www.bahamasreliefcruise.org
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