Those of us who already live in beautiful Boca Bayou in Boca Raton are extremely grateful to have been spared the fury of Hurricane Dorian. Of course, our neighbors in the Bahamas were not as fortunate.
If you would like to donate to the hurricane relief efforts, you will find many opportunities in Boca Raton and across Palm Beach County.
Hurricane Dorian Bahamas Relief Collection Sites
Here are some of the local collection sites and opportunities identified by Boca magazine:
- Orange Theory Fitness: Multiple gyms are collecting donations through closing on Thursday, Sept. 5. Items include hygiene kits, water, disinfectants, cleaning supplies, DEET-free mosquito repellant, and more. Please bring boxes labeled, and they will take care of pickup.
- 2240 NW 19th St. in Boca Raton; 561/750-0900
- 9097 W. Atlantic Ave. #110 in Delray Beach; 561/376-1127
- Enerzy Exchange Yoga: The studio is collecting first aid kid items, rubber gloves, baby formula, garbage bags, plastic cutlery, bug spray, sunscreen and more. Drop off is from Sept. 9 to 12 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 to 7 p.m. 6919 SW 18th St., Suite 103 in Boca Raton; 561/617-1801; enerzyexchangeyoga.com
- Boca Raton Airport: The airport is collecting tools, electronics, baby supplies, nonperishable food, water, medical and personal supplies, and cleaning supplies. All customs clearing fees are being suspended through Sept. 14 to help with relief efforts. 903 NW 35th St. in Boca Raton
- Bahamas Relief Collection: The Boca Raton Firefighter & Paramedic Benevolent Fund, Inc. is collecting banned food, can openers, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, wipes, baby formula and food, first aid, hygiene products, batteries, flashlights, cleaning supplies, tents, cots and tarps. Drop off through Sept. 15 at the following loctions:
- Fire Station 1, 1151 N. Federal Highway in Boca Raton
- Fire Station 5, 2333 W. Glades Road in Boca Raton
- Boca Center’s Valet Stand, 5150 Town Center Circle in Boca Raton
- Boca Raton Innovation Campus, 5000 T-Rex Ave. in Boca Raton
- Simon Malls Donation Drive: Through Oct. 31 South Florida Simon Properties is partnering with 305 Gives Back and the Imaginate Foundation to collect relief supplies. Donors will receive a free Savings Passport as a thank you. Accepted items: non-perishable foods/canned goods, Portable phone chargers, flashlights/lanterns, first aid kits, batteries, insect repellant and sunscreen, toiletries and cleaning supplies. Drop off at Town Center at Boca, 6000 Glades Road in Boca Raton.
- Rocco’s Tacos: The restaurant chain is partnering with The Eagles Wings Foundation to collect supplies, including tents, cots, purified water, non-perishable food items, hygiene kids, first aid supplies, generators, chain saws and more. All locations will be accepting supplies, and all large items can be dropped off at 514 14th St. in West Palm Beach. roccostacos.com
- IPIC: All IPIC movie theaters in Florida will be collecting donations for the Bahamas relief effort; items can be dropped off at Guest Services from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. under further notice. Check here for a full list of items they will accept. The company encourages monetary donations to be sent to the American Red Cross.
- Vegso Community Resource Center: Drop off general, medical and hygiene supplies to the resource center to be sent via boat and plane to the Bahamas. For a full list and more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. 261 NW 13th St. in Boca Raton; 561/620-2553; email@example.com
Hurricane season, which runs from June through November, is a fact of life for those who live in the Boca Raton community of Boca Bayou, but don’t let that stop you from considering the homes and condominiums for sale in Boca Bayou when looking for a home in South Florida that fits your exceptional taste and style. Boca Bayou’s condominiums have withstood powerful storms thanks to quality construction and thorough maintenance.
If you have any questions or concerns about Boca Bayou, please feel free to contact me.