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FAMU student coordinates Bahamas relief drive

Posted at 5:45 PM, Sep 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 17:45:38-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The work is far from over in the Bahamas and here in Tallahassee relief efforts are ongoing.

You have until the end of the week to donate supplies to a drive started by a FAMU student.

Right after Hurricane Dorian hit, the owner at Sentry Self Service Storage opened up two storage units for FAMU students to bring in donations, all to help those still struggling to rebuild their lives.

"People are still in shock. You have to start over," said Donervin Vastin, FAMU student.

For Vastin, Hurricane Dorian hit home.

"This was such a personal blow for me. It hit home literally. I had a lot of close family and friend that were affected," said Vastin.

Once the storm passed and debris started to settle, he knew he needed to do something to help.

"It felt horrible being here and not being able to help the people back home physically," said Vastin.

One phone call from Pam Ridley, the owner of Sentry Self Service Storage, changed everything.

"From the first day, Mrs. Ridley contacted me and generously donated two storage units to help with efforts. After that, it just took off," said Vastin.

Donations of all kinds started pouring in from food, to clothing, and more. Ridley is overwhelmed by the response from the community.

"Tallahassee is a very giving society. It doesn't matter what the effort is, they always step up to the plate," said Ridley.

She only hopes these donations make life a little bit easier and help the Bahamians know that they are not fighting this battle alone.

"We are thinking of you. You are on our neighboring coast and we just feel your pain. It's not the end of the world, those were material things that were lost," said Ridley.

If you are still interested in dropping off items, you have until the end of this week.

Again, they're at Sentry Self Service Storage off Tharpe Street near Mission Road.