Local Woman Taking Donations To Bahamas

DENVER, NC — A local woman is raising money and taking donated supplies to the island in the Bahamas where she grew up. Most of her family still lives in Freeport and dealing with the devastation left behind from Hurricane Dorian.

“I cried, I worried because there were days were I didn’t hear anything from my family. They lost service for more than two days,” says Karleta Smith.

Dorian was a Category 5 storm when it hit the Bahamas on Saturday. Smith says she was on the phone with her cousin, when water started to seep into her cousin’s home.

“She just stayed up and she moped up the water, to the point where her hands got swollen. She called me crying and she was frustrated and she was sad and it was a lot.”

Smith says all of her family is physically okay.

“They have lost their jobs, like the entire building of the job is gone. Their cars have been flooded, their homes have been flooded and there’s just a lot of work to do.”

Smith knew she had to do something to help the place she called home for so long. She started with a GoFundMe, but many people wanted to donate supplies. Then she got a call from her coworker, Leslie Reeves.

“She said well if we are able to collect the supplies and do a fundraiser, and I rent a U-Haul, I’ll drive it.”

Smith hopes the donations continue, but has been overwhelmed with support from the community.

Smith will be accepting donations until September 18th.

If you want to donate supplies, here are the drop off locations:

Londa’s Place: 3635 Mt Holly-Huntersville Rd, Charlotte, NC 28214 

S’moore Ink: 212 S Gaston St, Dallas, NC 28034 

Piedmont Companies: 2671 E Main St, Lincolnton, NC 28092 

Keller Williams Denver: 7585 NC HWY 73, Denver NC 28037 

Denver Mini Storage: 4901 NC-16 Business, Denver, NC 28037 

Other ways to donate or volunteer for Hurricane Dorian disaster relief

Donate to the NC state disaster relief fund by clicking here, or by sending checks to: North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund, 20312 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699.

To donate or volunteer for Hurricane Dorian disaster relief in South Carolina, click here.

Donations can also be made to The American Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by visiting their website. Those wishing to donate can also text the word DORIAN to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The Salvation Army is also accepting donations, which can be made here.