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Woman Uses Bachelorette Party to Help Hurricane Dorian Victims

When she saw that some people on the island lost everything, her sister came up with a great idea on how to help.

When Macon, GA resident Rikki Kahley was planning her bachelorette party, she certainly wasnt thinking about what would happen if a massive hurricane should hit her destination. But, that's exactly what did happen.

Kahley, 24, was planning to go the Bahamas with nine of her friends to celebrate her upcoming wedding when Hurricane Dorian ripped through the island. While the northern part of the island was shattered, the resort that Kahley had booked is located in Nassau, an area that was largely spared from the storm's devastation.

While Kahley considered changing her plans, her younger sister, Chloe, had a better idea. She suggested they make their trip an effort to help others.

"It was my sister's idea," Kahley told WGXA-TV . "She has a servant's heart, she's always looking to help people. She came up with the idea and we saw it as a good opportunity."

So the girls put out a Facebook post to collect donations to take with them on their trip. They ended up filling more than 20 suitcases with items such as baby formula, flashlights, medicine and toys to give to those in the Bahamas who were impacted by the storm.

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Kahley coordinated with the resort to make arrangements for them to distribute the supplies on their behalf. Delta even agreed to carry their extra luggage on board free of charge. The resort, Baha Mar, already had a foundation in place to help the neighboring islands, so it turned out to be the perfect place for Kahley and her friends to deliver their donations.

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Along with the suitcases full of supplies, they received around $2,000 in monetary donations that will be put toward ordering items that are still in high demand in the Bahamas.

Sandy Gibbs Kahley Facebook

After the girls made their donations, they were able to enjoy the rest of the bachelorette trip as planned.

"Our trip was really fun, and I know our supplies went to the right people, and so it was great," she said. "We were excited to be able to lend a hand."

If you would like to help those affected by the storm, you can consider donating to any of the organizations we highlighted in an earlier Sparkt story:

How to Help Survivors of Hurricane Dorian

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