When a Million Pieces Collapse…



Broken homes and boats. Many people are now without homes and transport.

Jasmin Rossi, News Reporter

Have you ever had a nightmare that made you wake up in sweat and tears? One where you woke up in relief, knowing that it was “just a dream”? All people have, but some have literally had this dream-like horror happen to them, in a blink of an eye, way to close from here not to “care”.

No one could have ever forecast the brutality of the lethal, then Category 5, Hurricane Dorian. According to CNN, more than 70,000 people are homeless, and according to NBC News, at least 50 people are dead. All have suffered from a devastation beyond anything ever imagined. Communities have been broken, families torn apart, and lives destroyed. Now, you may be wondering why you should care, but all I’m asking you is to first learn, learn about this:

Hurricane Dorian was the most powerful hurricane on record to strike the Bahamas. The Category 5 Storm had wind speeds of up to 185 mph, and gusts that reached up to 200 mph, as well as a storm surge that rose to nearly two-dozen feet. Meaning, that if you were on the second floor of your house, you would not be safe. You may still not care very much, so let me change your mind…

Adrian Farrington still hears his son crying out to him days after the Hurricane swept him away. The 5-year old little boy was taken in a storm surge, never to be seen again, according to Nassau Guardian. Farrington remembers trying to protect his son while himself wounded, bleeding from his leg. He felt it going numb and was terrified at the sight of sharks roaming freely near houses. That’s when his son was likely swept away.

Now do you feel something? I know I do. In fact, I know I feel enough to do something, which brings me to my next question. How can you help?

Well, did you know that our very own Cushman School is doing a drive for the Bahamas? This is your chance to make an impact, so take advantage of it and bring something in! You could bring hygiene products, non-perishable foods, or even school supplies. Children in the Bahamas are starting school this week, so they are in dire need of back to school materials!

Take a moment to think of all those in the Bahamas, of everything they’ve lost, including family and friends. Think of Farrington’s story, the 50 plus people that have died during this catastrophe, and the thousands that are now homeless. Think of how their world collapsed into a million little pieces. Help us, help them, and remember: be grateful for what you have!