Baton Rouge toy drive to benefit kids in The Bahamas receives ‘overwhelming response’

Baton Rouge toy drive to benefit kids in The Bahamas receives ‘overwhelming response’
Organizers were able to fill a small place with the amount of toys donated. (Source: Sharon Poirrier)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The organizer of a toy drive to benefit children in The Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian says she was overwhelmed with the response from the Baton Rouge community.

Organizers of the drive were able to fill a small plane with hundreds of donated toys, which are being flown to The Bahamas Thursday, Oct. 10 to be distributed. Toys will be given to boys and girls, ages infant through teenager.

Hundreds of toys have been collected to donate to kids in The Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian.
Hundreds of toys have been collected to donate to kids in The Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian. (Source: Sharon Poirrier)

Sharon Poirrier is leading the drive. Over the course of several years, she and several friends have developed a deep love for The Bahamas and its people.

“The Bahamian people are truly super special and very positive and happy, and when we saw this devastation and the unbelievable situations, we thought, 'How can we help?” Poirrier said.

The group decided to focus on toys because other organizations have already collected emergency food and household supplies. They want to make sure kids have something to play with for the holidays.

Organizers of the toy drive say they were overwhelmed by the response from the people of Baton Rouge.
Organizers of the toy drive say they were overwhelmed by the response from the people of Baton Rouge. (Source: Sharon Poirrier)

“These kids lost everything. These parents lost everything, and so we just want to bring them something that is going to deliver a little sense of peace and comfort to them,” Poirrier said.

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