Florida Blue will donate $150,000, the grocery chain has launched a customer donation program at its Winn-Dixie and Harveys stores.

Jacksonville-area individuals, groups and companies have begun a range of humanitarian efforts to support Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in the devastated Bahamas.

Locally-based Florida Blue, Florida's leading health insurer, will donate $150,000 to focus on the hardest-hit areas: $100,000 to United Way of Miami-Dade for its Operation Helping Hands to support Bahamas relief and $50,000 to American Red Cross for its Hurricane Dorian Fund.

"While we feel extremely fortunate that the path of Hurricane Dorian spared the majority of the state, the devastation felt by our friends in the Bahamas will impact that area for years to come," said President and CEO Pat Geraghty. "We offer our support to those in the Bahamas and those in the coastal areas of Florida that have been impacted by this storm. … Florida Blue employees stand ready to help those in need."

Southeastern Grocers in Jacksonville has launched a customer donation program in its stores to raise money for Hurricane Dorian relief in the U.S. and in the Bahamas. Donations will be accepted at all North Florida-area Winn-Dixie stores and Harveys Supermarket locations. Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief program, which enables provides food, shelter, counseling and other needed help to disaster victims.

Lakeland-based Publix has also announced a way for area customers to help support relief efforts in the Bahamas and other areas impacted by Dorian. All registers at the supermarket chain's stores will allow customers to donate during checkout, with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross. In addition, the company will make a $250,000 gift to the American Red Cross and United Way to support the same cause.

"The damage and impact caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas has been devastating, and its path continues to affect Publix customers and associates in our coastal areas," said Maria Brous, director of media and community relations. "We have a long-standing history of providing support during times of need and it is our privilege to do what we can to help those impacted by this storm."

Bank of America will donate $250,000 to the American Red Cross for immediate relief in the Bahamas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Also, the bank has a matching gift program for employees to double their contributions to nonprofits and owered the minimum amount eligible for a matching gift to $1 for disaster relief.

"We recognize the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian," said Andrew Plepler, Bank of America’s global head of Environmental, Social and Governance. "It will take the collective effort of the public, private and nonprofit sectors to address the enormity of this challenge."

Clients impacted by the storm can receive personalized financial assistance by calling (855) 729-1764 or visiting their nearest Bank of America location.

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Here are a few efforts that are already underway:

• Individuals and groups are collecting supplies that will get to the Bahamas via local connections to the Errol Thurston Bahamas Hurricane Relief Fund. Thurston owns a boating and fishing charter company in the Bahamas. One Jacksonville man, who has asked to remain anonymous, purchased 100 generators at a local Costco store that Thurston help get to the islands. Also, a local volunteer group led by Charlie Appleby and his parents — father Charles Appleby is chairman and CEO of Jacksonville-based Advanced Disposal — is flying planeloads of supplies and tools to the Bahamas, in coordination with Thurston. Another Appleby son, Chris, lives in the Bahamas. After arriving, the group will take boats to Marsh Harbor to assist in relief efforts. Their Jacksonville drop off point for supplies is Wicked Barley Brewing, 4100 Baymeadows Road. An alternate location is Fishweir Brewing, 1183 Edgewood Ave. S. in Jacksonville. For a list of needed supplies, go to facebook.com/wickedbarleybrewing or facebook.com/fishweirbrewing. Also, they have organized a GoFundMe fundraiser at bit.ly/2kvh1GH.

• Jimbo Stockton, who runs the Beaches Recovery Mission in Jacksonville Beach, has made mission trips to the Bahamas. He is putting together a relief effort with a subsidiary ministry, St. Augustine-based Island Crisis Flyers, a team of volunteer pilots that plans to deliver emergency supplies to the Bahamas. For a list of requested supplies, go to facebook.com/jimbo.stockton.9.cq Bring supplies to the Seawalk Hotel, 115 First Ave. N. in Jacksonville Beach. Also, Marzena Mignone has rented a 26 foot U-Haul to accept supplies in the Winn-Dixie parking lot at 290 Solana Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday.

• The First Coast High School PTSA will be collecting supplies Friday. They may be dropped off at the school's front office or sent with a student. The supplies will be delivered to a group that will be shipping them to the Bahamas by boat and plane. Suggested donations include water, water purification tablets, electrolytes, Pedialyte, baby wipes, diapers, ready-made baby formula, ropes, tarps, duct tape, flashlights, batteries, solar-powered phone chargers, feminine products, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, light blankets, work gloves, ready-to-eat and nonperishable foods, manual can openers, mosquito netting, bar soap, powdered laundry detergent, garbage bags and first-aid items.

• Orange Park Mall will begin accepting supplies for Bahamas disaster victims 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday0809 at the Management Office. The mall plans to work with a larger organization to deliver supplies requested by the Bahamian government: water, non-perishable foods, hygiene kits, cleaning supplies, baby formula, bottles, diapers and other baby supplies, beds, cots, blankets, flashlights, batteries, generators, mosquito repellent (DEET-free), cooking utensils, disposable plates and eating utensils, first-aid kits, power banks, solar-powered chargers and portable radios. Also, the mall is also organizing "Cards for Kids," for local children to write letters of hope to children in the Bahamas. These can also be delivered to the Management Office, 1910 Wells Road in Orange Park.

• Jim Crosby, a Jacksonville-based expert in canine behavior and former head of the city Animal Care and Protective Services, is coordinating a relief effort to help The Humane Society of Grand Bahamas, which was destroyed in the storm. He posted on Facebook that he will be "island-bound to help with rescue, recovery, coordinate air and water assets, etc." as soon as possible. He urged Floridians to make financial donations bahamashumanesociety.com or at sanctioned fundraisers at gofundme.com/f/save-the-potcakes-bahamas and thekohnfoundation.org.

• Rick Rylescq of Jacksonville and colleagues at Stuart-based Florida Sportsman magazine, who have spent time in the Bahamas, are collecting supplies to be flown to the islands. The first load will fly out Tuesday but the collection will be ongoing. Supplies requested for the initial trip include non-perishable food, easy-open canned goods, toiletries, diapers, batteries, flashlights. Drop-off locations are Strike-Zone Fishing, 11702 Beach Blvd. in Jacksonville and Front Runner Boat Works, 1275 County Road 210 W. in St. Augustine.

• The Nassau Humane Society is accepting donations to help animals and people in the Bahamas. Suggested donations include collars, leashes, crates, harnesses, canned dog and cat food, as well as gift cards, gas cards and monetary donations help pay for transporting evacuated dogs and cats to Florida, some of whom will be taken in by the society. Also needed are tarps, tools, nails, chainsaws, diapers, non-perishable food, water, medical supplies and toilet paper. Bring donations to the society's Adoption Center or Dog Park, 639 and 641 Airport Road in Fernandina Beach or Second Chance/Closet stores, 1002 & 1004 S. 14th St. in Fernandina Beach. Monetary donations can be made online at nassauhumane.org/donate.

• Julington Creek resident Scott Van Fleet is collecting supplies in the subdivisions of Stonebridge and Silver Creek. He and family members will be waving signs in those neighborhood in hopes of filling up a trailer with supplies, according to Times-Union news partner, First Coast News (tinyurl.com/y2tpv6dr). Van Fleet, who is a pilot, will deliver the supplies to the islands.

• Other area supply drop-off locations are Sunshine Play+Learn, 455 S. Legacy Trail in St. Augustine (supply list at facebook.com/sunshineplaylearn); Trulieve medical cannibis provider locations at 474285 Florida 200 in Fernandina Beach, 6259 Beach Blvd. in Jacksonville and 2303 N. Ponce De Leon Blvd. in
St. Augustine (supply list at twitter.com/Trulieve); and Dick's Wings & Grill in Mandarin, 10550 Old St. Augustine Road, Suite 30 in Jacksonville (water, canned food, medicine, diapers, etc.); Sweet Repeats: Upscale Consignment Boutique, 1560 University Blvd. West in Jacksonville (water, canned goods, can openers, sunscreen, diapers, first-aid items, batteries, flashlights and baby formula); Signature Flight Support, 14700 Yonge Drive at Jacksonville International Airport (supply list at signatureflight.com/events/hurricane-dorian); and jointly, Brewz locations at 1011 Atlantic Blvd. in Atlantic Beach and 2695 Post St. and 14866 Old St. Augustine Road in Jacksonville; The Volstead, 115 West Adams St. in Jacksonville and ATP, 2188 Sadler Road on Amelia Island (supply list at facebook.com/brewz.beer).

• 4 Rivers Smokehouses will open Sunday to benefit relief efforts in the Bahamas. Sunday contributions will be donated to World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit that provides meals to disaster victims. The restaurants will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, go to 4rsmokehouse.com.

Where else to donate money?

Here are a few options, according to Bahamas.com: Bahamas Red Cross Society at bahamasredcross.org, National Association of The Bahamas at nabmiami.org, Atlantis Bahamas Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund at gofundme.com/f/atlantis-bahamas-hurricane-dorian-relief-fund and the Caribbean Tourism Organization Hurricane Relief Fund at gofundme.com/hurricane-relief-fund-cto. Also recommended is gofundme.com/f/hurricane-relief-for-elbow-cay-amp-marsh-harbour.

Beth Reese Cravey: (904) 359-4109