The last time I checked in everything was just hunky dory.

We thought hurricane Doian could possibly be a problem for us in SW Florida, but it wasn’t.

However, it was a HUGE problem for our beloved Abaco Islands, Elbow Cay,  Hopetown where we love to go in February for the annual weeklong Songwriters in Paradise event. 
Ya’ll, they took a direct hit from a category 5 hurricane. I know you’ve seen the news.
Devastating. That little island was not built with current hurricane standards; they were so vulnerable.

Our friend Patrick who founded the event was on the phone to the coach even before the storm hit hoping to start coordinating help for the wonderful people there.
It’s been a busy week trying to get things together. What do they need? How can we get it there? 
It looks like the group can get items to the island this Sunday…..finally.
The Coach and friends are smoking 1,000 lbs of meat Today for a Saturday delivery across the state with a Sunday delivery directly to the Abaco Islands. It’s been some work trying to coordinate getting the food and then finding large freezers and then transporting the next morning. It takes a village.

{The worker bees were in our driveway at 6:15 this morning}

Also sending vegetables and power banks to charge cell phones.
One of my dear longtime friends is donating $1,500.00 worth of solar power banks for people to charge cell phones. Imagine not being able to connect with your family and friends for a week or so? 
Anyhoo….were praying for all of these people. Many lives were lost on the nearby island of Marsh Harbour. Devastation.
In five days Patrick’s Hope4Hopetown website has collected over 290K. People do care.

{A shining light in all this is that the beloved Hope Town lighthouse is still standing proudly} 
Hopetown and all the the Bahamian islands will never be the same, but from what I’ve seen/read they are resilient and working on getting their lives and islands back in order. 

Praying that Dorian is kinder to those now in her path.

Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable weekend doing something kind for someone else.

5 thoughts on “The last time I checked in everything was just hunky dory.”

  1. How wonderful to do more than send thoughts and prayers. I'm glad Dorian missed you but like you said, the damage to the islands was devastating. We all need to do our part to help those affected and while we cannot send fresh smoked meat, we can send our dollars.


  2. How wonderful of you and your friends to send so much help. The damage is so sad. I know hurricanes but I just can't imagine what it must be like to have everything gone.


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