05 Sep Boca Raton Steps Up to Help Victims of Hurricane Dorian
It’s less than 100 miles from our hair salon in Boca Raton to The Bahamas. When we see the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Dorian, we can’t help but think, “That could have been us.”
You’ve probably had the same thoughts. And, like us, when you turned on the TV in the days leading up to Dorian’s landfall, you saw Palm Beach County in the cone of uncertainty. Everyone at the Wild Orchid Hair Salon in Boca stocked up and so did everyone at our salon in Jupiter.
We all did what we could to prepare our homes and our businesses. And then we got very, very lucky.
But the people in the Bahamas didn’t.
Hurricane Relief Efforts in Boca Raton
It has been wonderful to see the way South Florida has responded to the devastation in the Bahamas. Maybe the outpouring of generosity is because we know how close we came. The Palm Beach Post and Boca magazine put together extensive listings of relief efforts being organized in our area. We pulled out the efforts focused in Boca Raton for those of you who would like to do something to help the victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas:
- Five Guys: The burger chain will be offering 30 percent of its sales on Saturday to Abaco Relief, at the following locations: Palm Beach Gardens, Wellington, Boynton Beach, Boca Raton, Stuart, Jupiter, Port St. Lucie, Delray Beach
- Florida Highway Patrol and iHeartMedia of Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast: There are two collection sites, Friday, Sept. 13 at the Palm Beach Outlets, and Friday, Sept. 27 at the Vero Beach Outlets. Items requested include new generators, plywood, construction materials, pop up tents, gas cans, unopened containers of diapers, baby food and baby wipes, large sealed boxes of canned food, new blankets, tarps, sleeping bags and cots, and large unopened bags and boxed cans of pet food. No clothing, or used items are accepted. Donations are accepted from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
- Subculture Group: From Friday through Sunday, all Subculture Group locations will be donating 25% of total sales to various charities such as Eagle Wings, World Central Kitchen and help with immediate disaster relief needs. They will also match any additional donations added to each check up to $50. All Subculture Group locations will be participating in this event. Locations include Camelot Yacht Club, Dada, Dubliner, Honey, Howley’s, Hullabaloo, Kapow Boca and Kapow West Palm Beach, Kill Your Idol in Miami, Lost Weekend Miami and Lost Weekend West Palm Beach, Respectable Street, all Subculture Coffee locations and Voltaire.
- The Junior League of Boca Raton is accepting donations for Bahamian hurricane victims. Items can be dropped off at its headquarters at the Vegos Community Resource Center at 261 NW 13 Street. They are partnering with the Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services and donations can also be dropped off at firehouses 1 and 5. Call 561-620-2553 for more information.
- Pearth: An alpaca blanket company founded by Boca Raton resident Jamie Raitan, the company is donating a blanket to the Bahamas for every blanket purchased. Use discount code BAHAMAS (and she’ll also give you 20 percent off as a thank you.)
- 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.
- 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
We are so grateful that all of the wonderful clients who make our work at Wild Orchid Hair Salon in Boca Raton and Jupiter so satisfying are safe. Perhaps Hurricane Dorian did have an impact on us after all. We look forward to seeing you at our salons in Boca and Jupiter again soon.