Organizations raising funds, supplies for those affected by Dorian

Locals assisting with relief efforts in Bahamas

In this NOAA GOES-East satellite handout image, Hurricane Dorian, seen here as a Category 4 storm, moves slowly past Grand Bahama Island on Sept. 2, 2019, in the Atlantic Ocean. Dorian stalled over the Bahamas, dropping torrential rain for hours and bringing high winds and storm surge to the islands.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After Florida had a brush with Hurricane Dorian, we have realized just how lucky we are. People living in the Bahamas weren't so lucky. 

Hurricane Dorian pulverized the islands for two straight days.  

Now, Floridians are asking how they can help. We have a list of local businesses and locations, along with a few others that are ready to help. 


If you would just like to donate money, you can do so at this GoFundMe account. The Errol Thurston Bahamas Hurricane Relief Fund has already collected more than $107,000 as of Friday for those affected by Hurricane Dorian. 


You could also click here and donate through Amazon. You can choose to donate to to nonprofits like the Red Cross, Save the Children, and SBP.     

LINK: Donate now to Mercy Corps for Hurricane Dorian relief efforts

Local organization

Bleu Chocolat Café in Jacksonville is hosting a dinner that will raise funds for those impacted by the hurricane. Click for more information

Over 20 African-Methodist Episcopal (AME) Churches in Jacksonville will come together on Monday, September 9th and Tuesday, September 10th from 10 am- 5 pm to collect much-needed supplies for the devastated communities. After the donations are collected, a sister church in Coconut Grove-Miami, who has access to sea plans and has already been on the ground with supplies will take them to the Bahamas. The church will be collecting the following items at the 11th Episcopal District Enterprise
Center at 101 E. Union Street:

  • Toiletries
  • Diapers
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Wipes (cleaning & baby)
  • Water
  • Batteries
  • Gift Cards (For ex: Visa, Master Card, AMEX, etc.)

For people wanting to donate supplies for the Bahamas in the Jacksonville and Daytona area, you can drop off your supplies at these locations: 

  • Jacksonville South | Store 106: 904-385-9242 | 144 Industrial Drive, Orange Park, FL 32073
  • Jacksonville East | Store 110: 904-634-7983 | 3207 Cortez Road, Jacksonville, FL 32246 
  • Daytona | Store 108: 386-256-3915 | 3340 S. Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange, FL 32129 

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean International donated $1M to help those in the Bahamas rebuild. Click here to donate. 


The grocery store chain is donating $250,000 to Dorian relief efforts. They're also collecting donations from shoppers and employees who want to help. Learn more.

First Coast YMCA

The First Coast YMCA is partnering with the American Red Cross to help those impacted by Hurricane Dorian, including the Bahamas. The Y will be collecting donations to provide food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance to storm victims. More information can be found at

Sonny's BBQ

Sonny's BBQ is raising money and collecting supplies for those affected by the destruction of Hurricane Dorian. Throughout the month of September, beginning Monday, all Sonny's locations will donate a portion of each Monday's sales to the Salvation Army. 

Sonny's has also partnered with Air Unlimited to distribute supplies to those in need in the Bahamas. To aid in Air Unlimited relief flights, fiscal donations are also being accepted at These funds will be used for supplies and aircraft fuel, which is needed to transport resources and conduct medical evacuation missions to and from the Abacos.  

Through Sept. 15, Sonny's is collecting the following items for donation: 

  • First Aid Kits
  • Tarps
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Flashlights
  • Hygiene kits (toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, deodorant, etc.)
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Duct Tape
  • Zip Ties
  • Rope

About the Author:

Carianne Luter is a social media producer for News4Jax and has worked at Channel 4 since December 2015. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a communication degree.