Church, organization collecting supplies for the Bahamas

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Shown above is destruction from Hurricane Dorian at Marsh Harbour in Great Abaco Island, Bahamas.

BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF

The 11th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church is mobilizing a relief effort to help residents of the Bahamas under the direction of Senior Bishop Adam J. Richardson. The district includes Florida and the Bahamas. 

AME churches in Florida will be collecting supplies that will be sent to Miami, then transported to the Bahamas.

In Daytona Beach, Allen Chapel AME Church will be collecting supplies next Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The church is located at 580 George W. Engram Blvd. 

The plan is to transport the items to an AME church in Miami on Friday, Sept. 12, said the Rev. Nathan Mugala, pastor of Allen Chapel. 

What to donate

Mugala said two of the AME churches in Miami will be sent the items that will then be shipped to the Bahamas. 

The pastor said the churches are collecting blankets, towels, diapers, clothes of various sizes, medical supplies, cleaning supplies and non-perishable goods. 

“Those are the things we’re focusing on right now,’’ he told the Daytona Times on Wednesday.  

For local residents who want to make monetary donations, checks should be payable to Allen Chapel AME Church. Those funds will be sent directly to the relief efforts. 

“The goal is to help them as much as possible,’’ Mugala noted. He also urged residents to pray for the hurricane victims. 

“The important thing is that we are praying. Keep them in your thoughts,’’ he added. 

For more information, call the church at 386-255-1195. 

Non-profit collecting clothes, supplies 

Community Healing Project, Inc., a local non-profit organization will host a Street 2 Street initiative on Saturday in Daytona Beach. 

The organization will collect non-perishable items, canned goods, school uniforms, socks and underwear, baby formula, diapers and medical supplies for those in need.

“Every year since I was a kid our community got flooded after hurricanes and storms. We like to make sure that during and after a storm our community will have the resources they need,” said Dyrell Johnson, also known as Rell Black. He is the CEO and president of Community Healing Project. 

Supplies are also going to the Bahamas, which was devastated by Dorian. 

“Fortunately, we don’t need much locally. We will proudly send supplies to help the Bahamas in their relief efforts,” he added. 

Items can be dropped off on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Loomis Avenue and Keech Street in Daytona Beach. 

For more information, send an email to communityhealingproj@gmail.com.

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