SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - A little more than two weeks after Hurricane Dorian pounded the Bahamas, donations and fundraising efforts in the Coastal Empire are still going strong.
Groups with access to transportation by air, boat, and trucks have been helping lead the charge in the effort.
For the past few weeks, local groups like the Georgia Ports Authority have been looking for ways to help storm victims in the Bahamas, gathering supplies and taking advantage of their access to shipping transportation to help those in need. That effort wrapped up Tuesday, with the goods now heading south. Savannah Aviation is another group using their resources to expedite needed items to the hard-hit island nation.
Tuesday night, the Landings Club in Chatham County hosted a benefit to raise money for the Abaco Club on the Great Abaco Island. The club remained unharmed, but its 178 employees are all residents of an area most affected by the hurricane.
The United Way of the Coastal Empire was there to accept donations.
“An organization that’s done a lot of this is the United Way. That’s what they’re known for. When people are in need, they go to the United Way," said Steven Freund, Executive Director, The Landings Club. “We got in touch with them, and it made too much sense that they would be our partner.”
Organizers are still counting donations, but they believe they raised over $75,000. One hundred percent of the funds raised will go specifically to help those workers.
“They’re up against a lack of supplies - no housing. Everything physically that they’ve ever owned is just gone, so they need the most basic of things to reestablish their lives and get back on their feet," Freund said.
The fundraiser featured live music and food from local restaurants.