Farragut Cares Update | Student-led donation drive for the Bahamas; first pick-up complete, donations still being accepted!

Helping our community.

Admiral Farragut Academy has had many connections to the Bahamas over the years. Many of our alumni and current students have been affected by the destruction of Hurricane Dorian. In light of this, Farragut has made a commitment to help our Farragut Family in the Bahamas, and here’s how you can be involved.

Click here to see the list of items needed.

First pick-up

On Friday, September 13, M/V Pacific Hope came to campus to pick up the donations for the week, and we filled an entire Sprinter van with relief items! These items were sailed out that day to help the people of the Bahamas.

Left to right: Elizabeth and Lauren Lamm, both class of 2022

Spearheaded by students.

Farragut was connected with SOL Relief by sophomore twin cadets Lauren and Elizabeth Lamm, 7-day boarders from Vero Beach, Florida.

“The Bahamas is so special to us and our family. In 2012 our brother Clayton (class of 2017) started attending AFA and an immediate friendship began with James Sands (class of 2018). James Sands became like a brother to us and throughout the years we have had many family vacations with the Sands family, both in the Bahamas and in the States. This past summer we were over in Nassau and Freeport visiting with the Sands family. There was absolutely nothing more heart-wrenching than waiting to hear if the Sands family was okay in this horrible storm. The family has suffered severe damages in the Abacos and Freeport and they aren’t alone in this suffering. We feel that it is our duty to step up and help the islands of the Bahamas.”

Our partnered relief efforts are currently in need of the following items.
  • Extension Cords
  • Work Gloves
  • Duct Tape
  • Hammers & Nails
  • Batteries
  • Flashlights
  • Bug Spray
  • Mosquito Nets
  • Unused Blankets
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Nonperishable Food
  • Hygiene Products
  • Baby Supplies
  • OTC Medical Supplies
  • Solar Phone Chargers
  • Phone Battery Packs
  • Cleaning Products
  • Trash Bags
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Sunscreen
  • Camping Lights (Solar & Battery Powered)

(Please do not donate expired or unusable items)  

You can drop off items in the Commandant’s Office or the Lower School Office. Donations are now being taken in the Student Center. 100% of donations and supplies will be delivered to the Bahamas on daily flights. 

Farragut is partnering with several charities in order to help the Bahamas.

SOL Relief, an innovative disaster relief mission utilizing small aircraft to serve disaster-affected areas with immediate aid. SOL Relief is partnered with St. Pete Air and is run out of St. Petersburg’s Albert Whitted Airport, which is where our Aviation students learn to fly. SOL Relief is flying daily to Nassau to drop supplies until they open up Abaco Island. We are taking supply donations here at Farragut to bring to SOL Relief. 

The M/V Pacific Hope is a ship which provides medical care, construction and education to those in need. Since 2013, the M/V Pacific Hope has helped meet the needs of people who are victims of natural disaster, isolation, poverty and disease. MV Pacific Hope was the first Hospital ship into the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian. They have doctors specifically trained in disaster relief, EMTs, and nurses. They have been busy with dispersing Medical teams, organizing distribution of supplies around the island, and distributing fresh water to those hit the hardest.