Food for the Poor begins shipping donations to islands affected by Hurricane Maria

Food for the Poor is packing up donations to help islands in the Caribbean that were affected by Hurricane Maria.

Three 40-foot containers were loaded up Monday morning and are already on the way to the islands.

“None of those islands are wealthy enough or prepared for a devastation of this magnitude,” Food for the Poor’s executive director Angel Aloma said. “First Irma came by and started it, then Maria came by and finished it.”

Boxes of supplies were loaded onto pallets and placed in containers at Food for the Poor’s warehouse in Coconut Creek Monday morning.

“It’s all the stuff they would need immediately — clean water for drinking, canned foods, blankets, hygiene items, tarps, buckets to start the clean-up process,” Aloma said. 

Three containers were sent to the port Monday morning, and from there will sail to Dominica, Antigua and St. Lucia.

“Through our partners in St. Lucia we’re helping St. Martin and the Virgin Islands, and through our partner in Antigua, we are helping Barbuda,” Aloma said. “Barbuda was declared inhabitable — that’s how terribly it was destroyed.”

Aloma said Food for the Poor will be helping out for the long haul. 

“It’s great to help out at the beginning when all the news media takes care of it, but then eventually it becomes old news, but the devastation does not become old news for them,” Aloma said.

The next shipment will include things like gas chainsaws to help with the cutting away of trees, and generators to provide some electricity.

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Firefighters provide water to horses in Coconut Creek, Margate

The Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Department helped the horses in their community on Tuesday by dropping by several farms with water.Fire crews filled up buckets fill of water to give to the animals that were without due to Hurricane Irma. With the h…

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Man accused of beating 22-year-old girlfriend to death

After beating his 22-year-old girlfriend at a home in Coconut Creek, detectives said Sanjay Johnson called 911.

Coconut Creek Police Department Sgt. Scott Slavin said Johnson, 23, told police officers Tiffonia Dejeane Davids wasn’t feeling well, passed out and hit her head on Friday. 

Paramedics took Davids to Northwest Medical Center, where a doctor pronounced her dead at 2:49 a.m. Nurses learned that she had suffered multiple injuries from blunt force trauma. 

After gathering evidence at the home at 4105 West Atlantic Boulevard, detectives determined Johnson used a baseball bat to beat her to death. 

Records show Davids was a licensed practical nurse from Coral Springs who last worked at Integrity Health Services in Pompano Beach. 

Police officers arrested Johnson and he was at the Broward County Jail on Saturday morning. 

 

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Man accused of beating 22-year-old girlfriend to death

After beating his 22-year-old girlfriend at a home in Coconut Creek, detectives said Sanjay Johnson called 911.

Coconut Creek Police Department Sgt. Scott Slavin said Johnson, 23, told police officers Tiffonia Dejeane Davids wasn’t feeling well, passed out and hit her head on Friday. 

Paramedics took Davids to Northwest Medical Center, where a doctor pronounced her dead at 2:49 a.m. Nurses learned that she had suffered multiple injuries from blunt force trauma. 

After gathering evidence at the home at 4105 West Atlantic Boulevard, detectives determined Johnson used a baseball bat to beat her to death. 

Records show Davids was a licensed practical nurse from Coral Springs who last worked at Integrity Health Services in Pompano Beach. 

Police officers arrested Johnson and he was at the Broward County Jail on Saturday morning. 

 

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Pickup rolls over several times after hitting standing water on Lyons Road

The driver of a pickup was not hurt Thursday after hitting standing water on a roadway, the Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Department said.The crash took place at about 4 p.m. when the driver was heading north on Lyons Road, just south of Atlantic Boulevar…

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