Ongoing Relief for the Bahamas

By Chamus Burnside-Savazzini


Greetings Grace Family!  First, I am overwhelmed by the graciousness of all who have inquired about my family who live in both Freeport, Grand Bahama, and Abaco, Bahamas. All of my family members have been accounted for.  

As you know, this was complete devastation for such a small country.  Many of you have reached out to ask how you can support, and we have directed giving through UMCOR by using the specific Bahamas Relief Advance Number 982450.  I reached out directly to the Methodist Superintendent, Rev. Kenneth Lewis, for both islands to inquire if there is a specific mission we could focus on from one church family to another and the overwhelming response was food, water (both churches in Freeport are the only source of hot meals for hundreds who do not have a home anymore or have been flooded out), underwear, feminine products, over the counter medicines and shoes.  Some families are physically safe but have lost everything.  

I have requested a specific account to be set up for individuals to give directly through Grace so that we can respond in a timely way to those who have immediate needs that will be ongoing.  I will also be traveling to Florida to assist with the Florida churches who are warehousing donations and palletizing these for distribution.  The expense comes in with providing the needed items and the shipping of the items.  So if you would like to support this specific ongoing effort, please earmark donations "Bahamas Relief."   

Please look out for blogs and updates! Thanking God for your faithful and passionate support. Contact Chamus Burnside-Savazzini (chamus@peopleofgrace.org) with any questions or concerns.