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By Chinta Strausberg
Saying they have not forgotten the surviving Bahamians, Reverend Jesse Jackson and a Bahamian official Monday thanked Chicagoans, volunteers and the Lendlease trucking company for donating 20 pallets of assorted personal hygiene products for thousands of Bahamians still suffering from Hurricane Dorian.
With two trucks waiting in the background Jackson thanked Michael C. Fountain, Bahamas Honorary Consul of Chicago for his leadership and support for this project and the Lendlease Corporation for coordinating the shipping of the products to Florida, which will ultimately be flown to the Bahamas.
“People in the Bahamas are still suffering,” Jackson told the media during a press conference held outside Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters at 930 E. 50th St. “The tragedy has not gone away,” he said.
The care packages were donated during the “BahamasForward, Weekend of Giving” campaign, held at Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters and throughout the Chicagoland area.
Fountain thanked Jackson for “standing with the Bahamian people, for being our first strategic partner in the Bahamas Forward movement. “It has been 87 days since Hurricane Dorian forever changed the geographic face of the Bahamas and its history,” Fountain told the media.
Last month, Fountain said he collected items in his first weekend of giving for surviving Bahamians. He vowed to get the care products to the surviving Bahamians.
“We want the surviving Bahamians to know that we have not forgotten about you and our work continues well into the New Year until it’s finished,” Fountain said thanking Jackson for supporting his cause.