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Bahamian-Americans collecting donations at Tallahassee businesses for Dorian relief

Posted at 6:21 PM, Sep 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 18:21:16-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The rain has stopped on the Florida coast, but some homes are still completely under water in the Bahamas.

People here in Tallahassee are already working to help any way they can.

A group of Bahamian-Americans have started a supply drive. While there are hundreds of collections going on across the U.S. for them, this one, means so much more.

The group is made up of a couple small businesses here in Tallahassee, including the owner of Unique Wonders, but she's not here right now and saw Hurricane Dorian firsthand.

We spoke to Rochelle Johnson, who's in Nassau, over the phone on Thursday, and she tells us she wanted to come up with a way to help all of the people struggling. From people left homeless, to needing basic living essentials.

Her friend and fellow Bahamian-American, Shacafrica Simmons, says the fact that Johnson's helping so much is what's motivating them.

"She's struggling, too. That's what makes us more encouraged to even be participating with her. She's right there going through it," said Simmons. "The power outages, the flooding, all these different things. Hearing from her other friends and family that are in the Bahamas."

The biggest needs are canned food, hygiene items, gently used clothes and tents.

You can drop off any donations or cash at Unique Wonders, or at Cutie Cupcakes on Apalachee Parkway.

They're taking items for the next two weeks.