Hurricane Dorian hadn't even passed by Flagler County before Palm Coast resident Shane Bonner put the word out that the people of the Bahamas were in dire need of help.

PALM COAST — Hurricane Dorian hadn't even passed by Flagler County before Palm Coast resident Shane Bonner began helping to launch a grassroots relief effort for residents of the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas — and donated supplies started rolling in.

Hearing that his longtime friend Nathan Moody was driving down from Columbia, South Carolina to try to help battered Bahamians and would be stopping along the way to pick up any donations, Bonner reached out via social media to see if anyone would be willing to donate supplies.

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Opening Channel Side — a wedding and event venue he co-owns in Palm Coast — as a staging location for a five-hour window on Thursday, Bonner said he was surprised by the generosity of the residents of Flagler and St. Johns County communities.

Drawing essentials like first-aid kits, pet food, diapers, hygiene supplies, food and water, in addition to batteries, flashlights, tarps, and machetes, flashlights for the battered islands, Bonner called it a grassroots effort.

“Everybody around here has an affinity for the Bahamas,” said Bonner. “It’s amazing. I really thought we were going to get some toothbrushes and some water. We have to rent a truck to take all this stuff and people are still asking what else they can do.”

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Among those donating, Scott Campion, owner of Cork and Pint in the European Village purchased a brand new chain saw and accessories to help the effort.

“I’ve spent a lot of time in the Bahamas and have a lot of friends over there,” said Campion. “It breaks my heart to see the pictures and the devastation.”

Cheree Mahoney, whose husband, Dr. Jeremiah Mahoney, and his partner, Dr. Ryan Smith, of Flagler Dental Associates, one of several offices that donated dental supplies to the effort, volunteered to help organize the supplies as they were brought in.

“The people in the Bahamas have just lost everything, and to put yourself in their shoes is what makes us do what we do,” said Mahoney.

On Thursday afternoon, fewer than 24 hours after his first social media post, Bonner and Moody headed south in a rental truck to deliver the supplies. Waiting on the other end, mutual friend Vince Snead was prepared to take the donations across the 71 miles of ocean that separates Jupiter from the Bahamas’ West End the following day.

The three friends, former residents and employees of a Ginn property on Grand Bahama Island, had not seen each other in a decade but sprang into action when the need arose.

“It’s kind of funny how old friends pull together to make it happen,” said Moody. “The camaraderie — it’s the same people who were at the resort and that community, are meeting at the marina to help unload in Jupiter. People I hadn’t talked to in years. It’s amazing. If you’ve ever been to West End, you’d know why. It’s just a great community.

“I lived there for six years and it’s always been like my hometown. I actually met my wife there,” said Moody, who accompanied Snead to the island. “Anytime something happens over there, it definitely hits the heart hard.

Arriving in West End around 11 a.m. Friday, Moody and Snead began delivering the supplies directly to those devastated by the Category 5 hurricane using Snead’s Bahamian business, West End Watersports, as a staging location.

Surrounded by villagers of Grand Bahama Island, Snead said big hugs and smiles greeted them upon arrival.

“I’ve been blessed with calling West End, Grand Bahama my second home since 1992,” he said. “The people of the village are my family and this is what family does in time of need. However, the 'West End' is the best end, so this is just how we roll.”