WEEKI WACHEE, Fla. — A family-owned distillery in Hernando County is working to help people in need in the Bahamas following the devastation left behind by Hurricane Dorian.
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Ever since Dorian hit the Bahamas, the Goff family at NJoy Spirits Distillery in Weeki Wachee has been working to get needed supplies to the islands.
“Our hearts kind of bled for these people and so we wanted to do our part,” Natalie Goff said.
Goff and her family have friends on the islands. While all their friends are OK, there is still a long road to recovery.
“If you can imagine your beautiful little town just gone," Goff explained. "Everything gone — their livelihoods are gone, their boats are gone, their cars are gone, everything’s gone."
They’ve dedicated a trailer as a collection site at the distillery and have already delivered a trailer full of donations to a team in West Palm Beach that will bring them to the islands.
Now, they’re hoping to fill the trailer up yet again.
“We’re hoping to get some more clothing items this time around, because that seems to be a real need. Also more generators, the tarps are always needed, tents — that’s another big thing because a lot of people have no roofs,” Goff explained.
So far, Goff said she’s been very impressed by the response from the Hernando County community.
“It makes us feel so good to know that there are good people out there that are wanting to show love and support and just offering big hugs and embracing those that are less fortunate at this time,” she explained.
The distillery will also be donating money from their beer and bottle sales to Bahamas relief efforts.