Last Call for Donations to Abaco Toy Drive

A reminder that contributions toward Abaco Freight‘s Abaco Toy Drive must be received by this Saturday, December 14. Unwrapped gifts are still needed, especially for boys (aged 10-18).

Donations can be dropped off at or shipped to:

Abaco Toy Drive c/o Abaco Freight
10130 North Lake Blvd.
Suite 214–192
West Palm Beach, Florida
33412

If you need gift ideas, check out the toy drive’s Amazon wish list. And if you’d rather donate funds to buy toys, drop me a note and I’ll put you in touch with Kimber Mazzeo of Abaco Freight.

Thanks in advance for helping to give children throughout Abaco a wonderful Christmas.

Donations Needed for Abaco Christmas Toy Drive

The kind folks at Abaco Freight in West Palm Beach have been gathering toys to be delivered to children throughout Abaco, Bahamas the week before Christmas.

Volunteers wrap donated gifts at Abaco Freight toy drive.

A November 30 toy drive held at Wellington Mall in West Palm was quite successful, but they’re still in need of 150 or so more toys.

Abaco Urgently Needs Blankets and Warm Clothes

Despite having spent 25+ years in Canada, the coldest I think I’ve ever been was one New Year’s weekend on Green Turtle Cay.

Even Wrigley’s fur coat isn’t enough to keep him warm on cool winter nights in Abaco

There’s something about the combination of cooler temperatures, stiff ocean breezes and humidity that chills you straight through.

What Are You Doing for Giving Tuesday?

Today is Giving Tuesday – a day that encourages people to give, to collaborate and to do good deeds. Which makes it the perfect day to help the thousands of Bahamians who’ve lost their homes and livelihoods to Hurricane Dorian.

Here’s an updated list of organizations who are doing good things for our Bahamian friends and family members displaced or affected by Dorian. Some agencies are matching donations for Giving Tuesday, so your contribution will go even further.

The Days After Dorian

This video of my cousin, Oswald Hall, will give you a brief glimpse into what our friends and relatives endured in the days following Hurricane Dorian.

Oswald Hall

The footage was recorded in September, but for many on Abaco and Grand Bahama, the emotions are as raw and the pain just as real nearly three months after the storm.

Ossie’s right when he says that the only way Abaconians are going to get through this experience is to pull together and make it happen. And it’s been incredibly inspiring seeing folks in Abaco do just that.

Of course, their progress to date would not have been possible without the generous outpouring of love and support from countless individuals, relief organizations and foreign and domestic NGOs.

A Wish List from Marsh Harbour

One of the greatest challenges facing Abaconians as they recover from Hurricane Dorian is that Abaco’s economic center, Marsh Harbour, was virtually wiped out by the storm.

The destruction in much of Marsh Harbour is extensive

And whereas some regions of Abaco — the cays in particular — are making strides toward rebuilding, greater Marsh Harbour (including Murphy and Dundas Towns) is recovering more slowly. In the past few weeks, several vital businesses have reopened, but Marsh Harbour has a long way to go.

What Abaco Businesses Are Open?

I’ve received numerous reader emails since Hurricane Dorian and by far, the most commonly asked questions are “How can I help Dorian victims?” (which I’ve answered HERE) and “What Abaco businesses are open?”

Sid’s Groceries on Green Turtle Cay has reopened post-Dorian

To keep everyone informed (and to help me keep track, since the list is growing daily!) I’m compiling a master list of open Abaco businesses, which I’ll share over the next few days here on the blog.

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