Florida Boy Collects Backpacks for Kids in Bahamas
When he saw how devastating the storm was for families on the island, he knew he had to do something to help.
After parts of the northern Bahamas were nearly destroyed last week by Hurricane Dorian, many people are wondering what they can do to help. For 11-year-old Cade Fowler, collecting backpacks full of supplies for the children who lost everything seemed like a good place to start.
His mom explained the inspiration for her son's idea to WPBF-TV .
"After watching hours of footage on TV about the storm and seeing families losing everything, he looked at me and said, 'Mom, I want to do something'."
Cade started a public Facebook group for his project called "Backpacks for the Bahamas," and there are currently almost 2,500 members. According to the page, he started the group for people to have a tangible way to give back to a country I love so much. I'm asking that each of my friends fill a backpack for a child in the Bahamas."
He asks that anyone who wants to donate follow a few simple guidelines, like picking a gender and age range for each backpack, labeling the bags and including items such as toys, light blankets, coloring books, underwear and dry snacks. Donations can be dropped off at Cade's father's office in Jupiter, FL.
Over the weekend, the Fowler family used their own boat to deliver 175 backpacks to West End, Bahamas where Cade greeted families who came to pick them up.
The Facebook group's page is filled with comments and photos of kids preparing the backpacks, all of them eager to contribute to Cade's project. Palm Beach Gardens resident and well-known golfer, Dustin Johnson (pictured below with Cade), donated 200 backpacks.
If you are in the Jupiter area and would like to donate backpacks, you can check the group's Facebook page for drop-off locations, or you can mail backpacks to Doctors Depot, 1516 Cypress Drive, Suite 1 Tequesta, FL 33469. The family is not accepting monetary donations for the bags at this time.