Bahamas Strong: Local volunteer helps rebuild after Dorian

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PRINCETON, Ind. (WEHT) – Christopher McKay has a mission to serve beyond the call of duty and support those who protect. He shares the goal with a team at Sheep Dog Impact Assistance.

His calling from Princeton, Indiana gives purpose to a dozen team members and changed the lives of many more in the Bahamas.

There is a long road to recovery there. Hurricane Dorian destroyed much of the island.

“Right now it’s just total chaos,” McKay said.

People are bent and broken, battered and bruised, but McKay and Sheep Dog have the Bahamas’ back.

“You see it in their eyes, you can tell they need the help.”

Sheep Dog is a nation-wide group to get vets and first responders off the couch and into action. McKay led one group from Southern Indiana, but volunteers came from several states.

“We went and helped handicapped, we helped a blind lady, mucked out her house, we tarped over 20 houses,” McKay said. “We passed out over 100 meals.”

Many still don’t have food or water and more than 1,000 people are missing in the Bahamas. There’s so much work to do. This mission is only the start.

“We did anything we could do to help and give a hand because they really need it over there,” added McKay.

Sheep Dog protects the heard and builds resolve for the people in the Caribbean. The group is planning another trip to the Bahamas in 3 weeks.

“Humanity is here on your side, and not to lose hope. We’re there for you.”

So much of the Bahamas is still in pieces. McKay and Sheep Dog are too.

“We believe helping is healing,” he said. “My heart is back here in Indiana, but half of it is in the Bahamas.”

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This story was originally published on September 20, 2019

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