Moriah churches launch drive for Bahamian kids

PHOTO PROVIDED The First National Church of God of the Bahamas sponsors a program for children in disadvantaged neighborhoods that provides children with two meals a day, education, counseling, games, and other types of aid. 

MORIAH — Hurricane Dorian, a Cat 5 storm, hit the Bahamas on the first day of September, and it is the worst natural disaster to befall the island nation.

Two Adirondack churches have partnered to do something about it.

“After Dorian I was contacted by my son (David Parker) in Florida, who has a friend (Janna Chinnery) who is from the Bahamas and worked with the children's program,” the Rev. Kenneth Parker, pastor of the Mt. Moriah Presbyterian and Moriah United Methodist Churches, said.

“I talked to her. She called me. The program that they ran, I guess in a disadvantaged neighborhood for children, had been totally wiped out. I talked to her again about three days ago, and she said that what hasn't been blown away or ruined by the flooding is now covered with mildew and mold. So, they are losing everything.”


Mt. Moriah Presbyterian and Moriah UMC have established a drive for aid that will benefit children in Freeport, Bahama Islands.

“We decided to raise funds, the two churches together, and also at the same time collect items to send to the program that they lost,” Parker said.

Items being solicited are backpacks, crayons, markers, paper, notebooks, small toys and small hygiene items.

“Anything that children would use,” Parker said.

“What they provide, she said, 'Our curriculum includes life skills, financial literacy, self-esteem building, character building, team building, future planning, counseling, arts and crafts and recreational activities.'"

The program also supplies the children with two meals per day.

“Everything was destroyed by Dorian,” Parker said.


His churches are sponsoring a quarter drive for funds and items that will be shipped to the First National Church of God of the Bahamas.

Interested contributors can contact Rev. Parker, email: or phone: 518-593-5079.

Items can be left at either church on Sunday mornings for sorting and packing.

Money may be sent to the Moriah United Methodist Church c/o Ms. Ginger Poissant.

“We're going to try to collect enough money to ship everything down to them in a couple of weeks,” Parker said.

“We're trying to collect basic things for the classroom and for the kids, toys, hygiene supplies, toothbrushes, toothpaste, things of that nature. The kids' age range from 5 to 10 years old in this program. They are all little guys. My hope is to go to the Bahamas this summer and volunteer at the church for a week or so with my son. He and I are talking about going down there together.”

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