In 2015 Hurricane Joaquin slammed into the southern islands of The Bahamas with a vengeance. Thousands of Bahamians and residents on those islands were impacted by the Category-4 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 132 miles per hour.
The six southern islands fortunately, had large amounts of family in other islands of The Bahamas, many who had a deep love of the people, and within 24 hours of the storm ravaging the shores, HeadKnowles Hurricane 1st Responders was born. A group of women Gina Knowles, being one of them, and always known as ‘da HeadKnowles’ rallied together with a simple mandate, ‘Let’s Save the South!’
Drop off locations were secured with Lana Lee Brogdon, President, New Oriental Cleaners, and a Distribution Center with Krystynia Lee d’Arville, Vice President of Furniture Plus. What began as a few family and friends coming together, became a movement of epic proportions! Access to the HeadKnowles Facebook Group which at the time had over 2500 members and had been started by two associates jumped into action. With strong support from hundreds within the private sector many were evacuated along with thousands of pounds of relief aid flown and taken by boat to the devastated islands. ‘Save Our South’ became the mantra printed in major newspapers and over social media. The dawn of a new day, and a new way was cemented in history and for the future.
HEADKNOWLES FOUNDATION Hurricane Relief
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5610 NW 12th Avenue Suite 203
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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