Students Arrange Donation Drive to Support the Bahamas
Erin Herbert

In response to the impact that Hurricane Dorian had on the Bahamas, Cardinal Gibbons students dedicated themselves to providing aid to those who were most significantly affected by the storm. From Sept. 9-18, students rallied to put together a number of successful aid initiatives. 

Immediately following news of the damage the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama sustained, Cardinal Gibbons students began planning how they could help. Seniors Emily Maguire and Grace Donnellan led the successful relief efforts, facilitating a collection drive in parentship with alumnus Rob Ceravolo '93, CEO of Tropic Ocean Airways. Maguire and Donnellan arranged for each of Cardinal Gibbons' student organizations to collect a specific type of item, including first aid supplies and hygienic materials such as toothbrushes and deodorant. In total, the students collected over 5,000 items that were package in nearly 50 boxes. 

“It is great to see the abundance of support that our Cardinal Gibbons family has shown during this tragic time for our brothers and sisters in the Bahamas,” said Principal Oscar Cedeno. 

On Thursday, Sept. 19, several students delivered the donated supplies to Tropic Ocean Airway's hangar in Fort Lauderdale. Ceravolo and the staff at Tropic Ocean Airway have been working closely with Blue Tide Marine, Discovery Land Company Foundation, Global Empowerment Mission and The Bahamian Government to offer assistance to the residents of the Bahamas. These groups have been providing support for evacuations and delivering hundreds of thousands of pounds of vital supplies. 

Tropic Ocean Airway will deliver the donations from Cardinal Gibbons students during one of their upcoming flights to the Bahamas. 

In addition to the collection drive, students also raised over $4,000 for Catholic Charities of Miami, through a charity "Dress Down Day" and a donation collection at a varsity football game.