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Buffalo church partners with Eight Days of Hope to help Hurricane Dorian victims in the Bahamas

Buffalo partnership to help Hurricane Dorian victims
Posted at 6:22 PM, Sep 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-16 18:22:23-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — St. John Baptist Church in Buffalo is partnering with the non-profit Eight Days of Hope to send supplies to victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.

"Anything you donate here in Buffalo will be on the front lines," said Steve Tybor, the President/CEO of Eight Days of Hope.

People can drop off supplies at the church on Goodell Street. Eight Days of Hope will be shipping the boxes to the Bahamas, and will be on the ground distributing them.

"St. John Baptist Church reached out to us and said 'hey if we collected some goods right here in Buffalo could you find a way to get it down to the Bahamas,' didn't even let him finish that sentence the answer is yes," Tybor said.

Tybor said they're collecting everything from flashlights to clean underwear to toothpaste. Here's the full list of items being collected:

Terrance Heard, the leader of the business and leadership academy at the church, hopes the community comes out to help fill the collection boxes.

"Your heart's got to go out to people who's lives been devastated due to storms and disasters," he said. "Those people don't know where they're going to wake up, where they're going to sleep in the morning, lost loved ones, they don't have clean drinking water."

Eight Days of Hope will also be shipping water filtration systems.