SIMPSON BAY–Red Cross St. Maarten will be collecting money to provide urgent relief aid to residents of The Bahamas who have been impacted by Hurricane Dorian this week.
Concerned residents who are willing to help can donate cash at either Red Cross location in Simpson Bay or Philipsburg or provide a bank transfer through the Windward Islands Bank: WIB 83680007.
Hurricane Dorian, at Category 5, hit The Bahamas on Monday and lingered in the nearby waters for several hours, compounding its devastation. Red Cross St. Maarten has been approached by various people on Sint Maarten who want to do something for the population of the Bahamas.
“Our hearts go out to the people of the Bahamas. It is overwhelming how many people approached us to see what they could do to help,” said Branch Manager Mitch Horsford. “The images from the Bahamas brings back our own experience of hurricanes that hit Sint Maarten and the thankfulness for sister islands that provided help at those times.”
Through the Red Cross Movement, Red Cross is already started to bring help to those affected. The International Federation of the Red Cross had already placed relief supplies on the Bahamas ahead of the storm, and these items will help with the most urgent needs. More goods are on the way to Bahamas. In the next couple of weeks and months, more help will be needed. A needs assessment will take place to determine what is needed specifically.
The money raised on St. Maarten will go via the International Federation of the Red Cross as well as The Bahamas Red Cross to the population. Red Cross will not be collecting clothes, food items and such for the Bahamas. With the funds, the international Red Cross will be able to address identified needs such as food, water, sanitation, shelter (tarpaulins) and other needs that might arise in the upcoming weeks and months. Cash donations can be made in person at the Red Cross Service point at the W.J.A. Nisbeth Road #89, the WIFOL Building, in Philipsburg from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or at the Airport Road 34 in Simpson Bay from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Online bank transfers should be clearly marked as “Dorian Bahamas” in the description of the transaction. Red Cross St. Maarten will continue to update the community about the reach of their donations.