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The City of Bessemer, Alabama has announced that starting Tuesday the 10th of September, all the fire departments to include the Fire Administration Building will be collecting items for the hurricane-stricken islands of the Bahamas.

This drive takes on even more significance in that the Consul General of the Bahamas Mrs. Astra Armbrister-Rolle was the special guest of the Central Alabama Caribbean American Organization (CACAO) at the festival in DeBardaleben Park on June 1st.

According to Mayor Gulley:” There is truly a time and a place for everything under the sun and no one could have imagined that a mere 3 months after the festivities in our city, we would be called on to help our neighbors in the Caribbean.”

Items needed urgently include: water, diapers, first aid supplies, personal care items, chain saws, blankets, flashlights, single burner stoves, water containers, plastic tarps, portable radios, batteries, generators, deodorant, toothpaste, paper products, bleach, mops, buckets, brooms, shovels, rakes, axes, garbage bags, baby formula., wheel barrows, cots.

Items will be collected through September 21st, after which they will be shipped to the Consulate in Atlanta for transportation to the Bahamas.

Mayor Gulley and CACAO are counting on the generosity of the citizens of Bessemer for their help in this hour of need for our neighbors in the Caribbean.