To whom it may concern.
My name is Elvis V Burrows and I am an Olympic Swimmer from Freeport, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas. I swam at the University of Kentucky and along with Bahamian Olympians Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (Auburn University), Joanna Evans (University of Texas), Alana Dillette (Auburn University), I launched this GoFundMe to help support the people of my country.
Hurricane Dorian has devastated our hometown and left 80% of the island underwater ,with storm surges reaching as high as 20 feet. It was emotional to see people I grew up with being stranded in their attics for two days as the water continued to rise. In the photo above is my own brother assisting in rescues on his jet ski through flooded neighborhoods. (Photo captured by CNN, Video by MSNBC)
I am making this GoFundMe donation drive because many people have asked where they can donate to directly to a trusted source. Some have even sent me money directly via venmo/cashapp! I figured a GoFundMe is a better and safer channel to go about this.
My father, Rev Dr. Elvis Burrows is the VP of The Bahamas Christian Council and the head Pastor at Central Zion Church in Eight Mile Rock. Together, we will team up and use this nonprofit to distribute the aid throughout the community with the utmost transparency.
Via my Facebook and Instagram page (@ElvisVB), you will be able to track and see visual evidence of where your donations are being used. Immediately, food, water and clothing are of highest priority. After those immediate needs are met, we will begin turning to the arduous and years-long process of rebuilding the island that we love.
If you would prefer to donate to another reputable GofundMe, another organization, or just physical goods instead, below listed are the addresses of trusted sources accepting and distributing donations.
(I will continuously update this list as best as I can)
Buddy Hield (Bahamian NBA star) Gofundme
Bahamas Rotary Hurricane Relief
Neighbors in the North (Canada)
Million Bottles of Water Initiative
If you wish to send items via Amazon, Walmart.com etc, below is a USA shipping address that is being forwarded to the island.
Rev. Dr. Elvis Burrows c/o Hiram Rahmning
910 NW 179 AVE
Pembroke Pines, FL 33029
Below is a list of some of the supplies requested by the government of the Bahamas.
· Potable/purified water
· Water bladders/containers
· Water purification kits
· Non-perishable food items
· First aid items (sterile bandages/gauze, medical tape, etc)
· Hygiene kits (diapers, feminine products, baby formula, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, etc)
· Flashlights and batteries
· Insect repellent
· Portable radios
· Cleaning supplies (bleach, garbage bags, brooms/mops, etc)
· Plastic tarps
· Debris removal tools (shovels, axes, etc)
Supplies can be dropped at any of the four Miami Beach Fire Department Stations located around the City. Drop-off hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the rest of the week.
Fire Station 1
· 1045 Jefferson Avenue
Fire Station 2
· 2300 Pine Tree Drive
Fire Station 3
· 5303 Collins Avenue
Fire Station 4
· 860 69 Street
Other South Florida locations:
Broward County: Sparez Bowling – 5325 S University Dr, Davie, FL 33328 / 9:00am to 1:00am, seven days a week
Dade County: Florida Blue Center (The Falls) – 8895 SW 136th Street, Miami / Hours: M-F 9am-7pm & Sat 9am-4pm
Coral Gables Fire Station 1 (Headquarters) 2815 Salzedo Street
Coral Gables Fire Station 2, 525 South Dixie Highway
Coral Gables Fire Station 3, 11911 Old Cutler Road
Monroe County: Winn Dixie Tavernier Towne Center, 92100
Overseas Hwy, Tavernier, FL 33070 (Drop off times to be announced)
ELNET Maritime Hurricane Relief / Interiors by Steven G / Arrow Jets
2818 Centerport Circle, Pompano Beach, Florida
5610 NW 12th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Orlando Excecutive Airport
HEADKNOWLES FOUNDATION C/O
ORL Atlantic Aviation FBO
400 Herndon Avenue
Orlando, FLorida 32803
The office of Emma Reichart at the My Oviedo Store
77 Geneva Dr. Oviedo, FL 32765.
Tuesday through Friday from 11am-4pm. And NEXT Saturday from 9am to 1pm. You may also drop items by the side door when the office/store is closed. They will holding a drop-off event Wednesday evening, September 11th from 6-8 PM.
Titan Products of PR
111 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, FL 32837
948 S. Semoran Blvd, Otlando, FL 32807
(Se habla Espanol)
Bahamas Consulate Locations
The Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex
1025 Vermont Ave NW
Washington D.C. 20005
New York City
231 East 46th Street
New York, NY 10017
Park Central Building
2970 Clairmont Road, NE Suites 690
Atlanta, Georgia, 2203
100 N Biscayne Blvd Suite 900
Miami, Florida 33131
Kohen Kerr (fellow Bahamian Swimmer)
510 S Victoria Ave
Cleveland, MS 38732