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Realtor community unites to bring relief to the Bahamas

The Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association (RPCRA) recently rallied the Southwest Florida Realtor community in an effort to bring urgently needed relief supplies to the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

With the help of RPCRA members and the public, RPCRA’s “Help the Bahamas” collection drive accrued a sizeable supply of relief items to support the Bahamian community in its recovery. Hundreds of pounds of canned and boxed food items, as well as many cases of water, charcoal, pet food, personal hygiene products, baby products and diapers, toilet paper, tents and other non-perishable goods were among the items collected in just two weeks’ time.

“As the National Association of Realtors’ Ambassador Association to the Bahamas, the Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association works closely with fellow Realtors in this region whose homes and communities were devastated by Hurricane Dorian,” said Beate Jones, CEO of RPCRA. “We knew the Realtor community and the greater Southwest Florida area would come together in a big way.”

On Sept. 17, RPCRA members, staff and partners loaded 50 boxes for delivery to HeadKnowles, a Bahamian nonprofit group facilitating the distribution of goods in the Bahamas for those in need.

Two Men and a Truck volunteered its moving truck and manpower to transport donations to Tropix Shipping & Logistics in Fort Lauderdale, one of the official shipping companies partnering with HeadKnowles. Home Depot also supplied boxes for transportation.

“The destruction on Great Abaco and Grand Bahama islands is beyond comprehension, and our hearts go out to our many friends in the Bahamas who are struggling to recover and rebuild,” said Josh Burdine, president of the RPCRA board of directors. “We are grateful for all who contributed and partnered with us to help our friends and neighbors during this time of great need.”

About the Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association (RPCRA)

Comprising a membership of more than 7,000 Realtors, RPCRA exists to advance the success of its members, serving as a resource for professional development and an advocate in community issues affecting members, their customers and property owners’ rights. RPCRA serves all of Southwest Florida, with offices in Cape Coral, Fort Myers and South Fort Myers. For more information, visit www.rpcra.org.

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