If you’d like to lend a hand and repay the kindness and generosity of those who came to Abaco’s aid, please consider supporting the organizations assisting victims of Hurricane Ian.

Though Tom and I were fortunate not to have been in Abaco when Hurricane Dorian struck, we’ve had a front-row seat to the aftermath for the past three years.

Marsh Harbour, Abaco — September 2019 (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

We’ve witnessed the devastation, the loss, and the shell-shocked faces. We watched as mere survival — finding food, water and shelter – became a full-time job for so many Abaconians. We know how many still struggle to rebuild their homes, schools, businesses and lives.

We were also fortunate to witness the hundreds of helpers and first responders who showed up during Abaco’s time of need.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents deliver food and water to Fox Town, Abaco in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian (CBP photo by Kris Groagn, via Wikimedia Commons)

Within hours of Dorian’s landfall, representatives from foreign governments, relief organizations and NGOs began arriving, bringing water, food, tents, generators, medical and building supplies and much, much more.

Members of the Dutch Navy help to distribute aid from Samaritan’s Purse. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)

In many cases, the individuals who showed up didn’t know Abaconians from Adam. But they felt compelled to lend a hand to people in pain and need. And they made an immeasurable difference to Abaco’s recovery.

USAID team members meet to discuss releif operations post-Dorian. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)

Many of the kind souls who came to Abaco’s aid were American, and a significant percentage of them live in Florida and other southeastern states. And now we watch, heartbroken, as they experience devastation and losses of their own.

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Hurricane Ian (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Thankfully, many of the amazing organizations that rushed to Abaco’s rescue are now on the ground in Hurricane Ian’s wake. They include:

And now, we in Abaco have the opportunity to help our helpers. If you’d like to lend a hand to those who came to Abaco’s aid, please consider making a donation to one of the organizations listed above.

To all affected by Hurricane Ian, we send our love. May the arms of the world surround and comfort you as you recover and rebuild your communities.

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