Americans lend a hand to Dorian victims from home

'There have been times Charleston has been hit hard, and we have been fortunate enough to have neighbors that care. I like to be able to pay it back.'

9/12/2019 12:16:00 PM

Facebook groups are filled with posts from Americans offering evacuees a temporary home, while many other volunteers are parked at their computers night and day, matching up Bahamians hit by Dorian with the resources they need.

'There have been times Charleston has been hit hard, and we have been fortunate enough to have neighbors that care. I like to be able to pay it back.'

hit the Bahamas, Brittany Garvin has helped over 40 families reunite and 52 people evacuate.Garvin, however, is not on the ground taking part in the relief effort on Great Abaco or elsewhere in the island chain. Instead she sits for up to 14 hours a day at her computer in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Garvin got involved in the rescue effort after seeing a video on Facebook of a woman on Great Abaco asking for help finding her family. Garvin started looking online and eventually found them on Nassau. The grateful woman tagged Garvin in a Facebook post.

And that's when requests from other islanders started pouring in.“There have been times Charleston has been hit hard, and we have been fortunate enough to have neighbors that care. I like to be able to pay it back,” said Garvin, 30, who herself lost power after Dorian’s strong winds knocked out her electricity. Six days later, the power is still out and she is able to continue her work only with the help of a generator.

“I didn’t even know I was capable of doing this from Charleston,” added Garvin, a nurse, who previously volunteered on the ground in January 2018 after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina.Garvin is one of many Americans reaching out to Bahamians and trying to help in whatever way they can. Facebook groups are filled with posts from Americans offering evacuees a temporary home, while many other volunteers are parked at their computers night and day, matching up Bahamians with the resources they need, from basics like shelter and clothing to ferry and flight schedules.

The catastrophic Category 5 storm hit the islands with winds of 185 mph in a two-day assault.and many others have been reported missing. It is feared that number will rise.Britne White is a competitive sailor.Courtesy of Britne WhiteMost deaths were in the Abaco Islands, home to some 17,000 people.

Others like Britne White have been able to assist with the rescue operation on the ground.In the last week, White has flown to Abaco twice on a friend's private plane to deliver medicine, tarps, food, clothing and other supplies that she collected in her hometown, St. Augustine, Florida.

“I’m a competitive sailor and I go a couple times a year to Abaco. Over the years, I’ve gotten to know a lot of the people there, and when this happened I knew right away that I had to do something,” White said.She also decided to open her three extra bedrooms to evacuees for at least a month. Since she posted her offer Monday on a Facebook group, she has received over 50 requests for shelter.

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She plans to fly to the Bahamas in the coming days to pick up the mother and children she plans to house. Read more: NBC News »

She's my hero. WeAllHaveADutyToCareForOneAnother Garvin got involved in the rescue effort after seeing a video on Facebook of a woman on Great Abaco asking for help finding her family. She started looking online and soon found them on Nassau. The grateful woman tagged Garvin in a post. More requests started pouring in. (2/8)

May God bless her mightily. If someone is displaced due to the storm, please contact me. ...too bad the Trump Administration just blocked them from coming here. It's called picking up the slack from the White House. It's beyond pathetic that clown trump has never been up to the job and isn't competent. Where da getting rheir power from for bbt Facebook posts? 🤔

I pledged 4 million $ for the recovery of the Bahamas who s idiot will try to scam them people. With the falsehood of mercy. Fucking trumpism

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