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Barry U. mobilizes after Dorian

University mustering funds, foods, volunteers for hurricane relief

New hurricane relief logo headlines the website of Barry University.

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New hurricane relief logo headlines the website of Barry University.

MIAMI SHORES | Hurricane Dorian's impact on Barry University's two sites in the Bahamas is still unknown, according to a spokesman, but the university isn't waiting to help.

Barry, sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters, has set up a web page for people to donate to hurricane relief. The page also has listed several options for people who wish to volunteer in the effort.

A link on the web page leads to a donation form for the new "Bahamas Hurricane Relief Fund." The university says that all donations raised through the fund will be used specifically for emergency and clean-up efforts.

"The Bahamas are more than just a close neighbor to South Florida," says an e-mail appeal from the university. "It is home to many Barry University students and alumni who have been affected by this devastating storm. And for nearly 10 years, Barry has found a home in the Bahamas at locations in Freeport and Nassau."

Barry's School of Education teaches a total of 385 students at locations in Freeport and Nassau. They study in 12 degree programs in subjects like math, counseling and educational administration. But all of that has been put on hold because of the hurricane, said Barry spokesman Jeremy Jones.

"All of our classes there have been cancelled until further notice," Jones said by e-mail. "We are still assessing what, if any, damage was sustained at those sites."

Those who wish to donate supplies may seek out a Barry box truck at the west side of the Cor Jesu Chapel at its main campus, 11300 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores. The truck will accept donations from 8 to 11 a.m. weekdays through Sept. 16.

Suggested donation items include: 

  • Plastic tarps, adult-size cots, and tents that can hold 20 to 30 persons.
  • Hygiene kits (Pampers, baby wipes, sanitary napkins, deodorant, toothpaste, soap, baby formula).
  • First-aid items (sterile bandages and tape).
  • Drinking water, water containers and water purification kits.
  • Non-perishable foods and portable single- and double-burner stoves.
  • Hammers, nails, boxes, tape, and tools for removing debris.
  • Portable generators, chain saws, portable outdoor lamps/lights, flashlights, blankets.
  • Insect repellants, portable potties, cleaning supplies, disinfectants, bleach, brooms, mops, and garbage bags.
  • Shoes, clothing and children’s toys.
  • Portable radios and batteries.

The Barry web page even has links for volunteers to work with other groups, broken down by Broward, Palm Beach, Miami, and Orlando. They include malls, restaurants, fire stations, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Jewish organizations, and churches of other denominations.

"Just as we pray for those in the Bahamas who have been devastated by Hurricane Dorian, the Barry community is coming together to help with relief efforts," the website says.

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