Boca Raton man collecting supplies for the Bahamas after Hurricane Matthew strikes islands

Posted at 4:38 AM, Oct 10, 2016

A Boca Raton man is collecting supplies to ship to the Bahamas, asking the public for help in filling a 40-foot container he plans to ship to Nassau later this week.

Thousands of people here in South Florida were prepared for a direct hit from Hurricane Matthew, but luckily we avoided the full brunt of the storm.

"We're stuck with all these supplies," says Boca Raton resident Lucas Metropulos.

Metropulos now wants to encourage people who may have extra supplies to lend a helping hand to the Bahamas after Matthew hit the islands.

He started a non-profit in the Bahamas and has been hearing the horror stories from the aftermath of Matthew.

People there are in desperate need for supplies.

"Some of these people are down to their last jug of water," said Metropulos.

Lucas has a 40-foot shipping container to fill with supplies such as food, water, and clothing.

"It's one container but you can fit a lot of stuff in a 40-foot container," said Metropulos.

Lucas is reaching out to local schools, organizations and companies. He hopes to fill the container by Wednesday.

"Bringing in another five-gallon water bottle will be huge for them as the country is restoring energy clearing roads and rebuilding," says Metropulos.

If you would like to donate supplies you can drop them off Monday and Tuesday at 200 East Palmetto Park Rd. in Boca Raton.