"From the Field" - Bahamas Response

September 30, 2019

Excerpt of a FaceBook post from HFI Reservist Gail Alan (from Florida). Our HFI Reservists, who have come from across the country, are some of the most dedicated and compassionate people we could ever possibly know!

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Transportation to the different sites we are working at, tools (not a hammer or shovel to be bought on this island!) -- it all takes money. Hope Force International is amazing, and doing their best to put this response together. Reservists are deploying and working really, Really hard. Please consider making a donation so we can continue to love our neighbors?!"

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