AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two native Bahamians living in Manor are doing what they can to help with Bahamas relief efforts from afar, following Hurricane Dorian.
Shameka Johnson is a native of the Bahamas. She founded LUP of Love, a non-profit that helps spread awareness about Lupus.
When her family and friends were hit by the hurricane, she decided she could use her platform to help raise support for them.
Johnson has set up a GoFundMe page through LUP of Love. She’s collecting donations for needed supplies and rebuilding efforts. Johnson has partered with Core of Hope, a non-profit based out of Nassau, Bahamas. Johnson says on Wednesday, some of the team she’s working with spent the day flying over Grand Bahama and Abaco Island surveying damage and helping with search and rescue efforts.
“It’s definitely been a hard few days for every Bahamian, especially those that live abroad that really want to help and want to contribute,” Johnson said.
From Manor, Johnson is working with Abby Olurin, who’s also originally from the Bahamas.
Olurin created a Facebook page where hundreds of people are posting photos and addresses of loved ones missing in Freeport on Grand Bahama Island.
“Every time you refresh this page, it shows someone else that’s still missing,” Olurin said, showing the page.
Olurin and Johnson have been personally calling and texting rescuers who are out in planes and on jet skis.
Showing another post with a picture, Olurin smiled, “This person, just got word that he’s alive and well, so those are the glimmers of hope that we get.”
In addition to collecting monetary donations, Johnson is also collecting needed supplies for people who lost everything, including their homes in the hurricane. LUP of Love is taking donations of supplies like water, canned foods, sanitary items, tents, undergarments, blankets, bedding and towels. If you would like to donate supplies, contact LUP of Love by calling 305-814-4587 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.