WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (September 3, 2019) — West Palm Beach-based Eagles’ Wings Foundation (EWF), in a collaboration with West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James and the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, has launched an unprecedented large-scale relief effort for The Bahamas following the catastrophic destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian over Labor Day weekend. EWF has assembled a fleet of 40 planes and pilots, two heavy-lift rescue helicopters and a cargo plane to transport essential supplies and medical aid to the people of The Bahamas. Trained emergency response crews from the Eagles’ Wings team will begin assisting with on-the-ground rescue and recovery efforts likely beginning Thursday morning. A donation drive is also being launched with drop-off beginning Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m.
Donations from businesses and the public are now being solicited by volunteers, and stored at a 30,000 sq. ft. warehouse in West Palm Beach. They will be delivered to The Bahamas from air transport departing from Palm Beach International Airport, Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport, Lantana Airport, and Stuart Field in Martin County.
Donations now needed for the Dorian relief effort include: tarps, nails, hammers, wrenches, batteries, battery operated lights, solar lights, camp stoves, butane cans, small BBQ grills, Tylenol and Advil, bandages, antibiotic ointment, bleach, mosquito nets and spray, towels, sheets, blankets, air mattresses and pumps, toilet paper, tissues and hygiene products. Donations from the public are also being accepted at Pistache French Bistro, PB Catch, The Regional, and Rocco’s Tacos. Bulk donations are also being accepted Lewis’ West Palm Beach warehouse. Monetary donations can be made by visiting www.ewrelief.org.
Donations are being accepted seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Wednesday, September 4 at 514 E. 14th Street, West Palm Beach, 33401. This site will be accepting both individual donations as well as bulk donations brought in by tractor trailers and trucks. Monetary donations can be made by visiting www.ewfrelief.org.
“West Palm Beach has a long history of close connections to the Bahamian people, and we are distraught by the devastating images of the aftermath of this historic hurricane,” said hometown resident Scott Lewis, Eagles Wings’ Foundation founder and President. “Eagles’ Wings Foundation, with its growing list of partners, has the resources and the ability to immediately make a significant contribution to both short-term and long-term recovery in The Bahamas.”
The Eagles’ Wings Foundation is a multi-faith certified public foundation, and 100% of donations go to relief efforts. There are no paid staff members. Lewis and his organization are very well known for the immediate response and high impact relief efforts following disasters in the Caribbean and Bahamas, including the Haiti Earthquake of 2010, Hurricane Matthew in 2016, and Hurricane Ike in 2008, among others. The group has also provided relief efforts in the United States following Hurricane Katrina, Fukishima, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Eagles’ Wings Foundation and the U.N. World Food Programme distributed an unprecedented 2,429,200 meal rations in eight locations spread across Port au Prince, enough to service up to 19,000 people over eight days. EWF is known as an expert in the “final mile” delivery of needed supplies. EWF teams also provided on-scene damage assessment immediately following the quake to help determine the communities most in need.
Other agencies assisting with the Eagles Wings Foundation effort are The Salvation Army, Duffy’s Restaurants, Big Time Restaurant Group, Cheney Brothers, the Hulitar Family Foundation, Crossroads Alliance, and Ministries.
Scott Lewis is owner of West Palm Beach-based Scott Lewis Gardening and Trimming, which has been in business for 43 years. Many of his employees serve as volunteers for Eagles’ Wings Foundation.
For more information, visit www.ewfrelief.org or call 561-855-4222.