If she only had shells and sand from home. Tameera McCardy would use them in her art sessions at the Boys and Girls Club in Geneva to help kids understand the beauty of the Carribean and her home, the Bahamas.
“I could use some shells. You can’t find them around here,” McCardy said with a warm smile.
She works with children who arrive at the Geneva Community Center weekdays after school. Their smiles ease any tensions she feels about her many family members devastated by the destruction done by Hurricane Dorian.
Two weeks after it struck, her large extended family has been accounted for across the islands. Her immediate family’s safe. But her cousins and aunts have seen their homes flattened and washed into the sea.
“Sometimes, it just makes me stop and I tear up,” McCardy said. “We go back to our lives after a disaster like that if we’re not affected. I’d just hope some would stop and realize help’s still needed.”
The Boys and Girls Club’s extending that help. Beyond bake sales and a donation jar at the center’s entrance, the agency’s launched Bahamas Strong, an apparel line , sold online, to raise money for McCardy’s family.
“Tameera’s great. She what we want our kids to be,” executive director Chris Lavin said. “We teach our kids that we help others.”
Anyone who wants to contribute to Bahamas Strong through the apparel line, click here.
— SPECTRUM NEWS