Thank all of you again for your amazing support after Grand Bahama was devastated by hurricane Dorian in September 2019. I wanted to share with you how your donation went 25% further than expected!
Many humanitarian organizations arrived on island with food, health care items, tarps, building supplies etc... but without the means or knowledge of where and how to distribute to the Residents. In joining forces with these groups, thousands of bags of relief supplies were hand delivered by Crossreach to those most in need.
As the International humanitarian relief has waned, many of the residents of Grand Bahama continue to need help. There are limited resources, no tourism, and challenges that are magnified by the onset of COVID19. Rather than use the Go Fund me money to purchase in the US and ship to Grand Bahama, one of the local grocery stores generously matched every $100 of Crossreach funds with another $25! These funds were distributed as gift certificates residents most in need. Attached see photos of some of the grateful recipients.
Just after hurricane Dorian, I started this fundraiser and so many of you contributed and continue to contribute to Crossreach. I wanted to let you know that in spite of the COVID19 pandemic, Crossreach remains connected to the community, sourcing much needed supplies and making deliveries. This is such a critical time to help those who are unable to help themselves. Stay safe and healthy and thank you so much for your donations.
My fiancé, Steve Crane, and I are heart broken about the devastation Hurricane Dorian brought to our beloved Northern Bahamas. Grand Bahama Residents urgently need your generous help to source and deliver aid.
Steve has lived in Freeport, Grand Bahama for over 50 years. We are raising funds for Crossreach which is a Lucaya Presbyterian Church outreach ministry that was established over 20 years ago. The ministry stages food and necessities for ongoing distribution to some of the island’s most needy residents living in Gold Rock to the East, and Freeport, Lewis Yard and the Eight Mile Rock settlements to the West. Many recipients do not have the ability to get to a relief distribution location. The food and necessities purchased with your contributions will be sourced in the U.S., safely shipped to Grand Bahama and distributed by Crossreach directly to those in the greatest need.
Crossreach is supported by the LPC congregation and many other individuals throughout the community. It is a well-established ministry. Crossreach coordinates four teams of volunteers to normally distribute food each month and has volunteers who know the settlements well. Steve heads up one of the volunteer teams. The ministry has a donated warehouse facility to securely receive and collate supplies and no administrative overheads so every penny donated goes straight to the most needy without deduction. Learn more here https://www.lucayachurch.com/crossreach
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