Donations to Hurricane Dorian victims. (Credit: WINK News)

How to help with hurricane relief in the Bahamas

Several groups in Southwest Florida are working together to collect goods for Bahamas hurricane relief.

Hurricane Dorian pounded Grand Abaco Island and Grand Bahama as a menacing Category 5, sitting stationary over the island for hours upon hours.

Tragic video from the islands show complete devastation. The footage of Dorian left All Out Bail Bonds owner Maria Paterno in disbelief.

“It’s my home away from home,” Paterno said. “I’m pretty devastated.”

Paterno took action, turning her small office into a donation site. People from all over have filled it up all for the victims of Dorian.

Paterno and a former business partner have coordinated at least five boats to leave from Miami on Friday.

Tiffany Pereira, a family friend, was one of the people dropping off supplies. She spent the afternoon helping load the trailer. They still need items like insect spray and first aid supplies.

“Were all supposed to do what we can to help each other right now,” Pereira said.

While Southwest Florida dodged the storm, All Out Bail Bonds and other Floridian’s are collecting donations to help the Bahamian people.

LOCATING FAMILY: If you need help locating people in the Bahamas contact the Bahamas Consulate General’s Office at (305)373-6295.

MORE: Bahamas Consulate General Miami Facebook Page

The Bahamanian government warns “under no circumstances should any private vessel try and reach the islands at this time.” The current efforts are to get people OUT of the impacted areas of the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama.

Here’s some ways you can help.


Lee County

Six Mile Charter Academy
6851 Lancer Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33912
*Accepting donations 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

All Out Bail Bonds
2220 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Ft. Myers, fl. 33901
*Now until Sept 5th, daily until 5:00 p.m.

Sky Zone
14181 S Tamiami Trail #140
Fort Myers, FL 33912
*Collecting relief supplies and donations. To collect as many items as possible, the trampoline park will be extending free 120-Minute Jump Passes to everyone who donates an item on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. However, donations will be accepted through the remainder of the week.

Cape Fear Little League
Sundowners flying club says they will be doing deliveries from Page Field our supplies to go strait to the islands. Click here for drop-off locations.

Charlotte County

Harpoon Harry’s in Fisherman’s Village
1200 W Retta Esplanade
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
*Building materials, containers, cleaning supplies. These are planned to be shipped overseas. Click for more.

Snook’s Bayside Restaurant
779 W Wentworth Street
Englewood, FL 34223
*In need of building materials, tarps, chainsaws. Click here for more.

Body Gallery Tattoo and Piercing
3527 Tamiami Trail unit A
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
*Any and all essentials from now until the 13th. Click here for more.

Dean’s South of the Border
130 Tamiami Trail
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
*Drop off location for supplies. Click here for more.

Helping Hands SWFL partnering with Florida Tree & Ground Maintenance Inc.318 Tamiami Trl, Ste 212
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Click here for more.

Krista’s Cheese Kakery
3036 Tamiami Trail, Unit B
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
Click here for more.

Collier County

Collier County Sheriff’s Office
*Donation collection drop-off locations.

They are accessible Monday through Friday during business hours:

  • Headquarters Administration (2nd floor, Duty Officer): 3319 Tamiami Trail E. – 239-252-0783
  • North Naples: 776 Vanderbilt Beach Road – 239-252-9100
  • Golden Gate: 4707 Golden Gate Parkway – 239-455-3121
  • Golden Gate Estates: 14750 Immokalee Road – 239-252-9250
  • Everglades: 13245 Tamiami Trail E., #100 – 239-252-9900
  • Immokalee: 112 South First Street, Immokalee – 239-252-9800

Naples organizing Bahamas Support
The Roe Agency has partnered with the organization and will be accepting donations at their office.
5644 Tavilla Circle, Suite 106
Naples, FL 34110


SWFL Community Foundation
If you’d like to send monetary donations, please make payable to SWFL Community Foundation and send to 2031 Jackson Street, Suite 100, Fort Myers, FL 33901. They will be sure to get receipts to you.

Miami Foundation
More at:

Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties
More at:


Crave Culinare Catering & Events along with Venue Naples are opening a drop-off site for donations to aid in the relief from Tuesday, Sept. 3 until Friday, Sept. 6 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Donations will be accepted at Venue Naples located at 13240 Tamiami Trail N Suite 205.

These locations are collecting donations in collaboration with Venue Naples:

Stokes Marine
15955 Pine Ridge Rd
Fort Myers, FL 33908
Stokes Marine president Brent Stokes says, “We are planning to go over on Friday as long as the current marine forecast does not change and the seas allow for it.  We have received a lot of supplies and donations.  We have 10-12 boats.  We need more boats right now.  We have enough volunteers to make the trip at this time.
*Stokes is still waiting on clearance before officially leaving for the islands.

Clive Daniel Home
2777 Tamiami Trail N
Naples, FL 34103

Fort Myers Brewing Company
12811 Commerce Lakes Dr #28
Fort Myers, FL 33913

Tacos & Tequila Cantina
10952 Eagle Village Dr
Fort Myers, FL 33913

The Village School
6000 Goodlette-Frank Rd
Naples, FL 34109

Collier County Sheriff’s Office
3319 Tamiami Trail E
Naples, FL 34112

Kava Culture Kava Bar
2400 First St Suite 104
Fort Myers, FL 33901

Artisan Eatery
8951 Daniels Pkwy
Fort Myers, FL 33912
*Now until Sept 6: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Norman Love Confections
11380 Lindbergh Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33913

True Fashionistas Designer Resale
2355 Vanderbilt Beach Rd
Naples, FL 34109

9118 Strada Pl Suite 8105
Naples, FL 34108


The following list of items are asked to be provided:

Construction materials

  • Rubbermaid tubs to place clean household items out of the water/mud
  • Trash bags
  • Leather work gloves
  • Masks
  • Tarps
  • Para-cord ropes

Non perishable food

  • Water
  • Boxed milk

Medical needs/Personal hygiene/Toiletries

  • Personal care kits with toothbrushes
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Toiletries

First Aid supplies

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Advil, Tylenol, Motrin
  • Hydrogen peroxide

Baby supplies

  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes

Survival supplies

  • Mosquito nets/bug repellent
  • Batteries
  • Emergency/solar power lamps and lanterns
  • Coolers- for ice and medicine
  • Air mattresses
  • Paper supplies
  • Box fans
  • Flashlights
  • Tents
  • Candles and matches

Clothing in various sizes

  • Bed sheets, blankets

Cleaning supplies

  • Mops, pails, bleach, Simple Green, disinfectants
Author: WINK News Team
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