Everything gone." That the stark reality of life for my parents who just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Freeman 70 and his wife Annamae 69, could never have imagined that a hurricane would come to a wipe away everything they treasured.
The Thurston's home is located on the northern coast of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island.
“Hurricane Dorian arrived on the doorsteps of our family home just over a month after they celebrated their fine half-century of life together,” daughter Cheryl recounts.
Hurricane Dorian not only devastated islands in the Northern Bahamas but shattered their lives.
There is nothing left in the wake of Dorian's steady pounding of Grand Bahama island.
“My parents looked around at the destruction of our family home for over 40 years with all its contents,” says daughter Cheryl.
The hurricane spared nothing as it hovered over the island for days
All their household appliances, furniture, clothing and most of all, irreplaceable sentimental items destroyed. Cars in the driveway nearly floated away in the floodwaters now likely to never be driven again.
The floodwaters rushed through waist-high fast and unexpectedly. Their only option was to wait in the flooded home in the darkness for rescue or the light of another day.
“The future looks bleak as my father silently worries about his dialysis treatment which requires him to get to the health facility every 3rd day,” Cheryl worries.
Conditions on Grand Bahama are critical with health facilities severely hampered by the hurricane.
Freeman and Annamae Thurston can only pray for relief, and we thank God for sparing their lives.
Any contribution will be massively appreciated.
With love and gratitude,
Their Kids & Grandchild
Cheryl Denise , Frank and Mya Thurston.
- ecaterina stoicheci
- Christine Robinson
- Rob Stark